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Homeland Security hearing on Boston Marathon bombings held Wednesday

SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. Credit: Reuters SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. Credit: Reuters

The Homeland Security hearing on the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 will begin on Wednesday in Washington D.C. with several key witnesses to the events testifying.

"The Boston Marathon Bombings, One Year On: A Look Back to Look Forward" will featureFormer Commissioner of the Boston Police Department Ed Davis, Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau, and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese along with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government professor Herman "Dutch" B. Leonard, who specializes in Public Management.

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The goal of the hearing is to to review the response from law enforcement in the period after the bombs went off, with a particular examination of how the experience can serve in other counter-terrorism situations.

A recent examination of the bombings and subsequent manhunt said that there were some flaws in the way the incident was handled.

Three people were killed and hundreds more were injured when the bombs exploded on Boylston Street on April 15. In the subsequent manhunt and shootout through Watertown, MBTA Transit Police Officer Dic Donohue was severely injured by gunshot wounds.

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