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Marathon bombing: Manhunt has Boston under lockdown. How long can it last?

Residents of Boston and several surrounding communities were instructed to 'shelter in place' Friday during a sprawling manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. 

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SWAT officers from suburban communities aid Boston police officers in keeping guard at the nearly deserted South Station area of Boston, Ma., Friday, as the manhunt continues for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Major sections of Boston and surrounding communities were under a sprawling and possibly unprecedented police lockdown Friday morning amid a massive urban manhunt for one of the two identified suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Public transportation systems were shut down, and authorities, including Gov. Deval Patrick, urged residents of Boston – and the close neighboring communities of Newton, Watertown, Waltham, Cambridge, and Belmont – to “shelter in place,” requesting that they keep doors locked and stay indoors. Before noon, Boston's Logan Airport was reported open and cab service had been allowed to resume.

"We’ve got every asset we can possibly muster on the ground right now," the governor told reporters at an impromptu media briefing Friday morning.

The bomb suspect on the run has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old of Chechen descent who has lived for several years in Cambridge, according to reports by the Associated Press. The dead suspect is his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, identified by the FBI as Suspect One when the brothers’ photos were released to the public on Thursday.

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