Suspects’ Images Released in Boston Marathon Bombing

Suspect 1; police identify him as the man who has been killed

FBI/Reuters/Landov

updated 04/18/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 04/18/2013 AT 5:45 PM ET

The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public’s help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack.

FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers says the photos came from surveillance cameras, photos and other evidence near the explosion sites. One man is seen wearing a light-colored baseball cap, the other a dark cap. The man in the dark cap set down a backpack at the site of one of the blasts, DesLauriers said.

Within moments of the announcement, the FBI website crashed, perhaps because of a crush of visitors.

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the three people killed and more than 180 wounded in the twin blasts Monday at the marathon finish line.

The break in the investigation came just days after the attack that tore off limbs, shattered windows and raised the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

The suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous, DesLauriers said, and people who see them should not approach them.

“Do not take any action on your own,” he warned.

Generally, law enforcement agencies release photos of suspects only as a last resort, when they need the public’s help in identifying or capturing someone.

Suspect 1; police identify him as the man who has been killed

FBI/Reuters/Landov

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