Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with congratulations to Bill Iffrig, who ran the Boston Marathon at age 78. He was approaching the finish line when he saw the explosions. Video footage shows him tumbling down. Mr. Iffrig saw scrambled images, smoke in the air, maybe a fragment of what he thought was a bomb, but he stood up and walked the last few feet to the end. He told the Herald of Everett, Washington: When you've run 26 miles, you're not going to stop there.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said that they believed the devices used in the attack may have been pressure-cooker bombs stuffed with BBs and nails. Investigators said the bombs may have been left inside nylon bags or backpacks.
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We are continuing to follow the investigation into the bombings yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed in the attack. We know now that over 150 were injured. Federal, state and local officials have been briefing reporters in Boston on the latest. And we're joined in the studio by NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. Hey, Dina.
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