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Man held after security alert at Boston finish line

A member of the bomb squad walks away from the abandoned backpack. Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A member of the police bomb squad walks away from an unattended backpack left on the road near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. A man is in police custody following the security alert, which prompted evacuations of the surrounding area.

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Unattended bags destroyed a Boston finish line

The Boston Police Department has confirmed two unattended bags left at the Boston Marathon finish line have been destroyed, as a precaution. A man remains in custody.

Man in custody over suspicious Boston backpacks

The Boston Police Department has tweeted that a man is in custody after two unattended backpacks were found near the Boston Marathon finish line, a year on from the bomb attacks.

Bomb squad on scene of Boston Marathon finish line

The Boston Police Department is asking people to avoid the area surrounding the Boston Marathon after two unattended backpacks were discovered. The bomb squad is on the scene.

Earlier today a memorial service was held to mark the first anniversary of the bomb attacks.

Suspicious packages 'left at Boston Marathon finish line'

Local media is reporting two suspicious packages have been identified near to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, prompting evacuations.

A memorial service has been taking place to mark the first anniversary of the bombings.

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Boston bombing survivors share thanks and defiance

US leaders including Vice President Joe Biden and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago.

From Patrick Downes, who lost a leg when a pair of homemade bombs ripped through the crowds at the race's finish line, to Biden, speakers recalled how those on the scene, from police officers to spectators, reacted immediately to help the wounded amid the chaos on April 15, 2013.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who managed the response to the attack in the final year of his two decades in office, recalled the struggles of the families of Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23, who died in the attack

Minute's silence for Boston Marathon bombing victims

A minute's silence has taken place at a memorial event marking one year since the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Boston Marathon bombing memorial event took place near the race's finish line. Credit: Pool
US Vice President Joe Biden observes the minute's silence at the memorial event. Credit: Pool
Following the minute's silence an American flag was unfurled as the crowd sang the National Anthem. Credit: Pool

Clinton's 'thoughts with Boston' a year after bombings

Former US President Bill Clinton has tweeted:

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