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LA Times: Intelligence Report Warned Of Possible Bombings Before Boston Marathon

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A WBZ-TV video image taken at the Boston Marathon finish line seconds after the second explosion on Boylston Street, April 15, 2013.

A WBZ-TV video image taken at the Boston Marathon finish line seconds after the second explosion on Boylston Street, April 15, 2013.

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BOSTON (CBS) – An intelligence report issued five days before the Boston Marathon warned Boston police that extremists might use “small scale bombings” to attack spectators and runners, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

The 18-page report written by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center was reportedly dated April 10. The paper cited two officials who read part of the document to a Washington Bureau reporter for the Times.

The analysis also reportedly identified the finish line on Boylston Street as an ‘area of increased vulnerability.’

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker with Brian Bennett of The LA Times

However, the Times said the “Joint Special Event Assessment” also noted there was “no credible, specific information indicating an imminent threat” to the race at the time.

The Boston Police Department released a statement saying that the threat assessment is produced every year, and was similar to last year’s report. BPD says, “to confuse an internal warning outlining potential threats with a specific threat would be misleading.”

Three people were killed and more than 200 injured in two explosions near the finish line April 15.

The Boston Regional Intelligence Center coordinates regional Homeland Security protection and shares intelligence with local police and first responders.

A spokesperson told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 they are familiar with the L.A. Times article and they have no comment.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was in Washington Thursday testifying in the first congressional hearing into the terror attack.

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