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The IRS has extended its April 15th tax deadline for taxpayers in the Boston area, following  yesterday’s series of explosions. Upwards of 140 people were injured, and three people died in what is being deemed as an act of terror.

“Our hearts go out to those affected by the terrible tragedy,” the IRS said in a statement.”Boston-area taxpayers need time to finish their tax returns without worry. The IRS will be providing individual tax filing and payment extensions.”

Additional information behind the extension will be released sometime today, but according to sources, each taxpayer will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

The blast took place near the finish line of the Boston marathon, after most of the runners had already completed the race. The youngest of the deceased has been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard, while at least 17 of those injured have been listed in critical condition.

Some of the victims had to have limbs amputated and  ball bearings, and other metal fragments removed, leading the notion that the attack may have been intentional. “My opinion is that most of them were in the bomb,” said Dr. George Velmahos, trauma chief at Massachusetts General Hospital. Velmahos noted that 20-30 pieces of metal were pulled out of some victims. “I think it’s unlikely they would be so consistent if they were pulled out from the environmental.”

A 20-year-old Saudi man was questioned by authorities but has not been named as a suspect. The man was being kept under guard surveillance  while receiving treated for a leg injury at a Boston hospital.

Photo: Chris Hondros