Boston police take to Twitter after gun battle leaves one suspected Marathon bomber dead and one on the run

The Boston police department has again taken to Twitter to provide realtime updates to the public and issue pleas for information after a gun battle with the suspected bombers of the Boston Marathon.The police force had been issuing pleas via the social network since the bombing on Monday and uploaded CCTV footage to YouTube of the suspects on Thursday. The Boston police department updated its Twitter feed on Friday to alert the media and public to the escalating incident in Boston suburb, Watertown.

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An MIT campus policeman was shot dead just hours earlier in an incident understood to be connected to the suspected bombers. The official Twitter account of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) kept the public informed.A statement released shortly afterwards by MIT said: "MIT is heartbroken by the news that an MIT Police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday night on campus, near Building 32 (the Stata Center). Our thoughts are now with the family."Watertown resident Andrew Kitzenberg was close to the gun battle a short time later between units of armed police and the Boston Marathon bomb suspects.The Boston police department confirmed the death of one of the suspects and issued further instructions to the public as the situation - happening during the night in Boston - intensified.The Boston Globe, praised for its quick response to the bombings on Monday, was again on hand.The Boston police department has advised residents to stay indoors as the incident continues.

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