Boston Bombing news timeline


New York Times

Local News

Bombs at the Marathon

04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

Lead: Three hours after the winners had broken the tape, there were still many runners on the course, and hundreds of spectators on the sidewalk, when an explosion rocked the finish-line area on Boylston Street, across from the main viewing stand.

Boston Bombs Were Loaded to Maim

04/16/2013 - 04/17/2013

BOSTON — The explosives that killed three people and injured more than 170 during the Boston Marathon on Monday were most likely rudimentary devices made from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, except they were rigged to shoot sharp bits of shrapnel into anyone within reach of their blast and maim them severely, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

What Are ‘Pressure Cooker’ Bombs and Why Do Terrorists Use Them?

04/17/2013 - 04/18/2013

NEW DELHI— “Pressure cooker” bombs, like those that officials said Tuesday were used at the Boston Marathon, are common in South Asia because they are easy to make and can maximize injuries and fatalities, terrorism experts in India said.

April 18 Updates on Aftermath of Boston Marathon Explosions

04/18/2013 - 04/19/2013

The Lede is following developments in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

2nd Bombing Suspect Caught After Frenzied Hunt Paralyzes Boston

04/19/2013 - 04/20/2013

BOSTON — The teenage suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, whose flight from the police after a furious gunfight overnight prompted an intense manhunt that virtually shut down the Boston area all day, was taken into custody Friday night after the police found him in nearby Watertown, Mass., officials said.

April 20 Updates on Aftermath of Boston Marathon Explosions

04/20/2013 - 04/21/2013

On Saturday, investigators searched for a motive for the Boston Marathon bombings as one suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, lay in serious condition, unable to communicate, after his capture Friday night. The other suspect, his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday, had been drawn to radical Islam, Russian authorities said.

Search for Home Led Suspect to Land Marred by Strife

04/21/2013 - 04/22/2013

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Tamerlan Tsarnaev had already found religion by the time he landed in Dagestan, a combustible region in the North Caucasus that has become the epicenter of a violent Islamic insurgency in Russia and a hub of jihadist recruitment. What he seemed to be yearning for was a home.

Boston Suspect Is Charged and Could Face the Death Penalty

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

BOSTON — Lying grievously wounded in a hospital bed, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings admitted on Sunday to playing a role in the attacks, said law enforcement officials, and on Monday he was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction that resulted in three deaths and more than 170 injuries.

Boston Suspects Are Seen as Self-Taught and Fueled by Web

04/23/2013 - 04/24/2013

The portrait investigators have begun to piece together of the two brothers suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that they were motivated by extremist Islamic beliefs but were not acting with known terrorist groups — and that they may have learned to build bombs simply by logging onto the online English-language magazine of the affiliate of Al Qaeda in Yemen, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

2 U.S. Agencies Added Boston Bomb Suspect to Watch Lists

04/24/2013 - 04/25/2013

WASHINGTON — Despite being told in 2011 that an F.B.I. review had found that a man who went on to become one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings had no ties to extremists, the Russian government asked the Central Intelligence Agency six months later for whatever information it had on him, American officials said Wednesday

New York Post

Local News

Terror attack strikes Boston Marathon, more than 130 injured;

04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

BOSTON — More than 130 people were injured today as multiple explosions rocked the Boston Marathon in a "coordinated" terror attack.

Obama calls bomb blast at Boston Marathon 'an act of terrorism

04/16/2013 - 04/17/2013

The bloodthirsty terrorist who bombed yesterday’s Boston Marathon probably carried out heinous attack by loading explosives in kitchen pressure cookers and concealing them in heavy nylon bags, authorities revealed.

Recipe for disaster: Pressure cookers a savage’s favorite

04/17/2013 - 04/18/2013

The pressure-cooker bombs that exploded in the viewing area of the Boston Marathon have long been favored by terrorists across the globe

Tale of two terrorists

04/18/2013 - 04/19/2013

Somewhere near Boston early Monday morning, he packed a bomb in a bag. It was by all accounts relatively crude — a pressure cooker, explosives, some wires, ball bearings and nails . . . nails which, hours later, doctors would struggle to remove from the flesh of bleeding victims.

Boston bomb suspect busted

04/19/2013 - 04/20/2013

Officials took one of two suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing into custody early this morning while another remained on the loose in a suburb of the city, the Boston Globe reported

The killer lurks

04/20/2013 - 04/21/2013

This stunning surveillance photo captures the moment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev casually strolled past 8-year-old Martin Richard — just moments before Monday’s explosion ripped through the crowd and killed the innocent boy.

Infrared let cops look right at cowering suspect

04/21/2013 - 04/22/2013

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Modern technology gave cops this amazing picture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he cowered in a 24-foot boat stored outside a Watertown home.

Stunt ‘bombs’ with cops at NY race

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

A fool who bicycled past a Central Park running race with a timer in his backpack caused a bomb scare yesterday, as jittery cops pulled out all the stops to make sure security was ramped up in light of the Boston Marathon bombing last week, officials said.

Chilling new blast details: Death penalty possible after Boston bomber

04/23/2013 - 04/24/2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged yesterday with using a weapon of mass destruction, as dramatic new details painted a chilling picture of how he and his older brother methodically planted two explosives-laden backpacks near the finish line.

Boston bomb suspect's name was on classified government watch lists

04/24/2013 - 04/25/2013

The name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was listed on the U.S. government's highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists. But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him, sources close to the bombing investigation said on Tuesday.

Washington Post


In Boston, explosions transform a scene of celebration into one of tragedy

04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

IN THE weeks and months after the 2001 terrorist attacks, every iconic sports event became an occasion for anxiety. World Series games, the Super Bowl — with each, trepidation suffused every fan’s normal interest.

Obama calls Boston bombing ‘an act of terrorism’

04/16/2013 - 04/17/2013

President Obama told reporters Tuesday morning that federal authorities are investigating Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon “as an act of terrorism,” though they still did not know who perpetrated the attack and what might have been the motive.

Obama told reporters bombings at the Boston Marathon “as an act of terrorism,”

04/17/2013 - 04/18/2013

BOSTON — Investigators were zeroing in Wednesday on video footage from a department store security camera, possibly showing a man wearing a large backpack and then dropping it, in the first sign of a possible breakthrough in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Attention, terrorists: In Boston, both history and grudges are forever

04/18/2013 - 04/19/2013

BOSTON — Natives of this city seem to have two basic messages for what President Obama called the “small, stunted individuals” responsible for Monday’s bombing.

Second Boston bombing suspect taken into custody

04/19/2013 - 04/20/2013

WATERTOWN, Mass.— Police said they had taken the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings into custody here Friday night, after a day of intense searching that shut down daily life across a large swath of greater Boston.

A Week Of Terror

04/20/2013 - 04/21/2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arrest Friday night ended a wrenching five days in Boston, which began
Monday afternoon when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

CIA, FBI, military interrogators ready to question Boston bombing suspect

04/21/2013 - 04/22/2013

Federal prosecutors on Sunday were preparing to file charges against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, even as he remained under heavy guard at a local hospital amid questions about whether authorities would be able to interrogate him.

Does Boston affect Obama and the 2016 race?

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

Without Sept. 11, 2001, it is doubtful that New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would have become a national figure and a presidential candidate. And President George W. Bush’s presidency and legacy would have been entirely different in ways we can hardly imagine.



Boy, 8, one of 3 killed in bombings at Boston Marathon; scores wounded

04/18/2013 - 04/19/2013

(CNN) -- Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.

King: Suspected bombers' parents 'wrong,' 'offensive'

04/19/2013 - 04/20/2013

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King, former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday the Chechen community in the United States doesn't have a history of radicalization but argued it's time to question whether that's changed.

Cheers erupt on Boston-area streets after suspect's arrest

04/20/2013 - 04/21/2013

Watertown, Massachusetts (CNN) -- First there was a burst of gunfire. Then a series of blasts. Then, less than an hour later, cheers.

"Dropped ball" on Boston bomber

04/21/2013 - 04/22/2013

Sen. Graham on the FBI’s handling of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now dead, in a discussion with Sen. Schumer on last week’s bombing. The two also weighed the possibility of the death penalty for the other suspect, Dzhokhar.

Boston honors victims; suspect can’t speak

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

At 2:50 p.m. Monday, Boston will fall silent to honor the victims of a tragedy that unhinged the city.

Federal charges filed in Boston terror attack

04/23/2013 - 04/24/2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Source: Bomb suspect says brother drove plot

04/24/2013 - 04/25/2013

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his older brother - not any international terrorist group - masterminded the deadly attack, a U.S. government source said.

Man knew Boston suspect and victim

04/25/2013 - 04/26/2013

Tonight Anderson Cooper spoke to Marvin Salazar, who knew both a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and a victim of the blasts.

Father of Boston bomb suspects to fly from Russia to U.S.

04/26/2013 - 04/27/2013

(CNN) -- Hours after talking at length with U.S. and Russian authorities, the father of the two suspects in last week's deadly Boston Marathon attack is set to fly to the United States -- and cooperate with authorities -- an activist working with the family told CNN.

After Boston: The pros and cons of surveillance cameras

04/27/2013 - 04/28/2013

(CNN) -- Even after the identification of the Boston bombing suspects through grainy security-camera images, officials say that blanketing a city in surveillance cameras can create as many problems as it solves.