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UC terrorism expert: Boston bombings show signs of `coordinated attack`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Even at this early stage of the investigation, experts say there are some critical clues that could shed light on who orchestrated the bombings and why.

At this very moment hundreds of FBI agents and law enforcement officials are conducting interviews, pouring over security camera video, and analyzing the so-called "fingerprint" of the bombs.

SEE: Boston Marathon bombing kills at least 3, injures over 130

FOX 32 News talked to an expert on terrorism at the University of Chicago, who says it's very possible the attacker wants to be identified.

Professor Robert Pape heads the Chicago project on security and terrorism at the University of Chicago.

He says if reports are true that investigators have recovered at least one unexploded bomb that could provide a critical break.

"These are the classic signs of a coordinated attack," Pape says. "It is significant because with all the effort, especially since 9/11, to track materials that go into bomb-making, there's an extremely good chance they'll be able to use, think of it as the fingerprints from the bomb itself. Not so much the bomb-maker, but the materials, the chemicals that went into the bomb, and to trace it back to find out where the materials came from."

Pape says it appears the bombs were not designed to kill so much as wound large numbers of people and that indicates the person or groups responsible are trying to draw attention to a cause.

"They're looking to create injuries, injuries that will swamp the first responders and the media to create a lot of attention and a lot of publicity," Pape says. "And if that's correct, then we would expect in a few hours, certainly in the next day or two, a claim of responsibility."

In Boston, FBI and police said they are conducting an "ongoing and fluid" investigation, but gave little in the way of specifics.

"This cowardly act will not be taken in strike," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a press conference. "We will turn every rock over to find the people responsible for this."

Police also refuted reports that there is a suspect in custody.

Sources tell the New York Times police are talking to a hospitalized 20-year-old Saudi national seen running from the bomb blast, but the police commissioner says they are talking to several people--and it doesn't make them a suspect.

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