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And now the latest from Boston where a pair of explosions this afternoon killed two people and left at least 93 injured. The blasts occurred just before 3:00 p.m. at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Some 23,000 people had started the race and several thousand were still running when the attack happened.
And we turn now to Asma Khalid, a reporter with member station WBUR in Boston. She joins us from outside Massachusetts General Hospital, where many of the victims, of the injured victims, have been taken. Asma, what kinds of injuries have you been hearing about?
Bruce Mendelsohn witnessed the explosions from a window above, and joins us now from Cambridge, Mass. Earlier, you were in Boston, right near the finish line of the marathon?
BRUCE MENDELSOHN: That's correct. I had just finished watching my younger brother finish the marathon. It was a beautiful day. People were cheering. This was about four hours and 30 minutes on the clock. I was in an office on 667 Boylston St., on the third floor; at a party, at a post-race party, and we were having a nice time.