Witnesses describe aftermath of bomb explosions at marathon

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 9:35 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A former Army medic says the scene at today's Boston Marathon was "more like Baghdad and Bombay than Boston."

Bruce Mendelsohn was attending a post-race party in an office building just above the blast site when an explosion knocked him to the floor. He rushed outside and found blood, glass and debris everywhere, and began applying pressure to what he calls "gruesome" wounds.

One of the runners describes a gruesome scene inside a medical tent near the finish line, as bombing victims were brought in "with no limbs." He says he tried to shield his children's eyes, but says "they saw a lot."

Three people were killed and more than 140 injured, including 17 critically, when two bombs exploded almost simultaneously about 100 yards apart.

There's no word on who may have carried out the attack or why.

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