Obama, Biden briefed by officials

Published 10:18am Friday, April 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is being briefed this morning on the developments in Boston Marathon bombing investigation by Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and several other national security officials.

FBI Director Mueller updates President Obama on the explosions that occurred in Boston. Seated, from left, are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser; Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the vice president; Attorney General Eric Holder; Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism; and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. -- Pete Souza/White House
FBI Director Mueller updates President Obama on the explosions that occurred in Boston. Seated, from left, are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser; Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the vice president; Attorney General Eric Holder; Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism; and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. — Pete Souza/White House

Vice President Joe Biden is also attending the briefing in the White House Situation Room. Secretary of State John Kerry, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and CIA director John Brennan are among the other top officials in the briefing.

The bombing suspects were identified by law enforcement officials as brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya. One suspect is dead and a second remains at large.

Thousands of officers have swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.