(Updates added below)
Here’s how BBC Radio Five Live’s 1pm news bulletin dealt with the Boston bombing on Tuesday 16 April:
Jonathan Marcus: “The United States has a very large and well-developed group of radical extremists of their own. People I suppose you would categorise as being on the far-right, people who are opposed to federal authority, particularly enraged by things like gun control and immigration and so on.”
Suspect number 1 is now dead, and number 2 – still on the run at the time of writing – has been widely identified on social media as Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who has been missing for some weeks. Here’s Sunil:
I’ve a got a sneaking feeling that speculation about the political motivation for the bombings might play a lesser role on the BBC from now on.
Also this from NBC:
Law enforcement sources said the suspects have international links and have been in the country legally for about a year.
UPDATE. Looks like I could have fallen into the speculation trap:
Speculation that one of bombing suspects is a missing student is not correct, sources tell @petewilliamsnbc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 19, 2013
UPDATE 2. NBC reports:
Both of the suspects are brothers of Chechen origin and have been in the U.S. at least a year as legal permanent residents, authorities tell NBC News. The suspect on the run is believed to be Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, NBC News’ sources say.