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April 16, 2013

Update: Child victim's dad is Salem High grad; bombs had nails, ball-bearings

FBI agents searched a Revere apartment overnight and appealed to the public for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing, while a doctor treating the wounded said one of the victims was maimed by what looked like ball bearings or BBs.

Two bombs blew up seconds apart Monday at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races, tearing off limbs and leaving the streets spattered with blood and strewn with broken glass. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 175 have now been confirmed as wounded.

The 8-year-old victim was confirmed today as Martin Richard of Dorchester, whose father, identified as Bill Richard, is a 1988 graduate of Salem High School, sources have confirmed. A spokesman for the family said the Richards were attempting to get over the race barriers and into the street when the second blast occurred, killing Martin.

Bill Richard and Henry Richard were not seriously injured, but doctors did remove ball bearings from Bill Richard’s leg, the spokesman said.

As the investigation goes forward, officials have essentially confirmed the incident as a terrorist action. Doctors who have carried out surgeries on several of those who were wounded aid they have removed nails, nall bearings and other types of debris that were packed with the explosive devices — consistent with improvised explosive devices military personnel have come upon in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings on one of the city’s biggest civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts raised the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

President Barack Obama was careful not to use the words “terror” or “terrorism” as he spoke at the White House on Monday, but an administration official said the bombings were being treated as an act of terrorism.

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