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FBI warns of ‘unintended consequences’ from false media reports on Boston attacks

The FBI chided media outlets for wrongly reporting Wednesday afternoon that an arrest had been made in the Boston Marathon bombing, saying “these stories often have unintended consequences.”

“Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack,” Special Agent Greg Comcowich of the Boston division of the FBI said in a statement.

“Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate,” Comcowich said.

Added the agent: “Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”

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