Noura Al-Ajaji Identified As Second Saudi National Injured In Boston Marathon Bombings

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    Police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs investigating explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
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    Boston Marathon runners continue to run toward the finish line on Boylston Street as an explosion erupts Monday, April 15, 2013.
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Noura Al-Ajaji has been identified as one of two Saudi nationals injured in Monday’s bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

There were 176 victims of the twin blasts that went off around 2:50 p.m. Monday, including three deaths and 17 people in critical condition, according to Boston police.

The other Saudi national who was injured is a 20-year-old student from Medina who was cooperative with authorities investigating the Boston explosions. He was questioned and granted authorities permission to search his apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere, Mass. He was not charged with any crime and is being treated as a witness to the attacks, not as a suspect, according to the Washington Post.

Mohammed Al-Eisa, head of the Saudi Cultural Attaché, said Noura Al-Ajaji was the name of the second victim in the Boston bombings, Arab News reported. Al-Eisa said Al-Ajaji suffered a “slight injury” in the attacks.

"She was at a hospital and had assured her husband by phone that she would be discharged soon," Al-Eisa told Arab News.

An official with the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., declined to name the injured man.

“He is cooperating with authorities,” the official told the Post.

The paper said the man is in the U.S. on a Saudi scholarship and attends a university in the Boston area.

The man’s roommate described him as a devout Muslim who loved soccer. He said he doubted that his roommate committed the attacks; the New York Post initially reported that a Saudi official was in custody, but that report was later deemed inaccurate. There are no suspects in the attack as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I doubt he could do that,” the roommate said, referring to the Boston explosions.

About 1,000 Saudis live in the Boston area, according to Arab News.

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