Terrorism visted the Boston Marathon today:
The first explosion occurred at 2:50 PM ET, according to the Boston Police, when an unidentified device detonated on the north side of Boylston Street approximately fifty feet from the marathon’s finish line. A second explosion went off about ten seconds later less than 100 yards up the route. Police said two people had been killed and 28 others were injured in the blasts; the Boston Globe currently reports at least 107 injured.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told reporters at an afternoon press conference that no additional bombs had been found along the race route, but more recent reports –including a CBS news story citing Massachusetts congressman and Homeland Security committee member Bill Keating as a source– continue to assert that two other bombs have been found undetonated along the marathon route, including one at a hotel on Copley Square.
Go here to Forbes to read the rest. A few preliminary thoughts:
1. Prayers for the dead and wounded.
2. Multiple bombs might indicate that we are dealing with more than one individual.
3. As of now no group has taken responsibility.
4. Today is Tax Day, Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts and Israel’s birthday, a rather wide range of possible motivations if the date has significance to the bomber (s).
5. One bomb going off ten seconds after the first, and the bombs being packed with metal objects, perhaps ball bearings, might indicate a familiarity with explosives of the bomber (s).
6. Why the Boston Marathon? Publicity? A bomber with a grudge against the Marathon?
7. First reports after an incident like this are almost always erroneous in details.
8. Why attack a target where there was going to be plenty of security?
9. Leftists are already attempting to make political hay out of this before we know anything about who set the bombs.
10. If there is a group behind this we should expect more attacks.