26 May 2013

Last runners complete Boston Marathon

12:42 pm on 26 May 2013

Thousands of runners have finally completed the Boston Marathon, running the final mile they had to abandon when two bombs killed three people and wounded 264 others on 15 April.

About 3000 people crossed the finish line on Saturday.

The BBC reports three American flags and one Chinese were carried in remembrance of the three people who died by the finishing line, and a policeman killed several days later by the two brothers thought responsible.

One suspect was killed in a shootout with police; the other brother was captured on 19 April.

US media reported last week that the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had written a message which said the attack was retribution for the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the casualties were "collateral damage".