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Unattended backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line investigated, police say

The Boston Police Department said Tuesday night it was investigating two unattended backpacks left near the Boston Marathon finish line.

It said the bomb squad had been dispatched to the scene. No further information was immediately available.

WBZ-TV photographers at the scene said they saw a person with a backpack screaming “Boston Strong” before police cleared everyone from the area.

Witnesses told the station that the person was barefoot, wearing a long black veil and acting strange. It was unknown whether the person was taken into custody.

Boylston Street has been closed and MBTA Green Line subway service in the area has been temporarily suspended, the Boston Police Department said on Twitter.

The report came only hours after the city paused to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2013 bombing at the marathon’s finish line, in which three people were killed and hundreds were wounded. Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the ceremony.

Authorities say two brothers planned and orchestrated the attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. He faces the death penalty.

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