Boston bombs 'remote trigger'

US investigators have revealed the two bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon were detonated with the kind of remote control device used for a toy car.

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Police gather for memorial service for fallen colleague

Police officers take their seats for the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier. Credit: Reuters

The Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill are among attendees at a memorial service to honour Officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed on 18th April in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Authorities expected around 10,000 people to attend.

Reports: US officials meet suspects' family in Dagestan

US officials are holding talks with relatives of the Tsarnaev brothers, who are suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings, in Dagestan, according to media reports.

BBC News reports that a delegation from the US Embassy in Moscow flew in to the Russian republic last night. News agency AFP reports that the FBI was involved in the interviews.

The eldest of the two brothers, Tamerlan, spent six months in Dagestan and his native Chechnya last year.

Watch our correspondent Martin Geissler's interview with their mother here


$20 million donated to Boston bomb victims

Boston Mayor Tom Menino has revealed $20 million (£13.1 million) has been raised in global donations towards victims of the city's marathon bombing.

Family of bomb suspect's wife in 'absolute shock'

The wife of deceased Boston bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and her family are "trying to come to terms" with the shock that he and his brother allegedly masterminded the attacks.

A statement read out by Miriam Weizenbaum, the lawyer for Katherine Tsarnaeva, said:

The reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all.

As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims - students, law enforcement officers, families and our community.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are trying to come to terms with this event.

More than 260 people injured in Boston bombing

There are still 51 people being treated in hospitals for marathon blast injuries. Credit: REUTERS/Dan Lampariello

The number of people hurt in the Boston Marathon bombing has risen to 264, with officials confirming the city's hospitals faced a significant second wave from spectators and runners hurt in the April 15 blasts.

Many people waited a few days before seeking medical attention for complaints such as ringing in ears and minor shrapnel wounds, the Boston Public Health Commission said.

The increase added to the initial figure of 180 people said to have been injured in the aftermath of the twin explosions.

Three people were killed and at least 14 people lost all or part of a limb.

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