Local officials react to Boston bombings
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:01

Ruppersberger issues statement, police take steps

In the wake of Monday’s explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, the Baltimore County Police Department has announced precautionary measures to protect local citizens.
    County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost issued a statement saying that, “As a result of [the] tragic events in Boston, Police Chief Jim Johnson has directed all commanders to begin — effective immediately — checks on critical infrastructure sites in Baltimore County.
    “These checks are a precaution reflecting heightened awareness following the Boston incident.”
    Armacost sought to downplay fears of any imminent local danger, noting, “There is no information at this time to indicate any threat to the Baltimore region.”
    As of Tuesday morning, three people — including  an eight-year-old child — were killed and at least 170 others injured in the incident, which appears to have consisted of two explosions near the finish line of the iconic marathon race.
    While there was widespread public speculation about possible perpetrators, including jihadists, right-wing militants or a “lone wolf” — one conspiracy-minded questioner at a press conference even asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick if the bombings were a “false-flag staged attack” — local and federal authorities investigating the bombings stressed that they had not yet identified any suspects.

    “We still don’t know who did this or why,” President Obama said on Monday night. “People should not jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.
    Second District U.S. Rep C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, also counseled against speculation.
    “We are still learning more about the bombings,” he noted in a statement on Tuesday. “State, local and federal law enforcement officials are working together with the intelligence community to figure out who did this and why. We are receiving briefings as information comes in and will continue to receive updates from the appropriate agencies.”