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Carlos Arredondo Describes the IED's at the Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

Carlos Arredondo of Roslindale, Mass. (in cowboy hat), helped save the life of a severely wounded spectator at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

Carlos, 52, immigrated to the U.S. from Costa Rica.  He lost his first son, Alexander, in Najaf, Iraq, in 2004, which resulted in Carlos trying to kill himself when the Marines informed him of Alexander's death. His second son, deeply affected by the loss of his brother, took his own life in 2011. Carlos survived the loss of both of his sons to save another man's son at the finish line. The story of Carlos Arredondo is like a Greek tragedy.

Carlos Arredondo was an eyewitness to the terror bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  The following interview of about 3 minutes is important to listen very closely to because Carlos clearly explains how the "I.E.D." (improvised explosive device) was designed to blast away from the fence and towards the spectators and the buildings - to maximize its killing effect. The flimsy wooden fencing was apparently not damaged and the people standing on the other side of the fencing, in the street, were barely affected except for the 78-year-old runner, Bill Iffrig, who collapsed due to the shock wave.  

Bill Iffrig was running past when the IED went off directly on his left-hand side.  He initially said he was five feet away, but it was probably closer to 20.  Iffrig was hit by the shock wave, which caused him to fall.  He was, however, not injured by shrapnel while people on the sidewalk only a few feet away were killed and mutilated by it.

The fact that the bomb was evidently a sophisticated bomb that directed the blast in a certain direction indicates that the terrorists were experts at making terrorism devices. The question is, of course, who were the terrorism experts that carried out this evil terror spectacle? 

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Sources and Recommended Reading: 

“Hero of the Boston bombings: How father who lost his soldier son in Iraq saved lives after blasts rocked his home city,” Daily Mail (U.K.), April 16, 2013 

“The Man in the Cowboy Hat: Meet Carlos Arredondo, a Hero of the Boston Bombings” by Tasneem Raja, Mother Jones, April 15, 2013 

“The man in the hat at Boston Marathon finish line: Carlos Arredondo didn't set out to be hero” by John Newland, NBC News, April 16, 2013  

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