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Conflicting reports on whether Boston bomber has been arrested

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Several news organizations are reporting that a suspect has been arrested in the Boston Marathon bombings, but several others say that hasn’t happened yet.

HERE‘s the latest:

A suspect has been identified in the Boston Marathon bombing, an uinidentified law enforcement source tells CNN.

The station reported that officials believe a video from a department store and a TV station helped identify the suspect.

UPDATE: The Associated Press and CNN report that an arrest has been made. The yet unidentified suspect is reportedly expected in federal court soon.

The Boston Globe is reporting that authorities have an image of the suspect carrying and possibly dropping a black bag at the second bombing scene.

CNN’s report remains unconfirmed. The FBI’s national press office says “we have not officially named anyone and we don’t know where they’re getting that information.” Boston Police also declined to comment to HuffPost Crime, saying they don’t know about the possible suspect.

UPDATE: CNN is BACKING OFF its earlier report of an arrest:

After initially reporting that federal authorities in Boston had arrested a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, CNN has backtracked off of its claims after three FBI officials and several additional news networks failed to verify the breaking story.

Earlier, CNN’s John King spoke to a source close to the investigation, who explained to him that law enforcement officials had identified a suspect and that an arrest was “imminent.”

Word began to spread on Twitter and other social media networks that an arrest had indeed been made. Several news outlets carried the CNN story, which reported that the arrested suspect was being transported to a Boston court.

“Despite reports to the contrary there has not been an arrest in the Marathon attack,” the Boston Police Department posted on their official Twitter account.

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  1. John King’s source of information was the restroom attendant at the police station.

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