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Nashua, State Police units head to Mass. to assist in manhunt

NASHUA – Local police officers were sent to Massachusetts on Friday to help in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

About 30 Nashua police officers, members of the city’s Special Reaction Team, were sent to Watertown, Mass., with the city’s Hazardous Device Unit, or bomb squad, and its negotiation team, according to Sgt. Steve Sweeney. ...

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NASHUA – Local police officers were sent to Massachusetts on Friday to help in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

About 30 Nashua police officers, members of the city’s Special Reaction Team, were sent to Watertown, Mass., with the city’s Hazardous Device Unit, or bomb squad, and its negotiation team, according to Sgt. Steve Sweeney.

Sweeney said the department received a request for manpower Friday morning from the command center in Boston, where thousands of law enforcement officials converged after the hunt for the suspects in Monday’s bombing. One of those suspects was killed in a firefight with police early Friday.

Sweeney said the Special Reaction Team often assists with large-scale operations in surrounding communities, but that he does not remember the unit responding to any operation as large as the one ongoing in Massachusetts on Friday.

The unit is trained to deal with a wide variety of crisis situations, he said, from barricaded subjects and searches to hostage situations.

Nashua officers were joined Friday by dozens of others from various Granite State communities.

The New Hampshire State Police deployed its SWAT and Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit to Watertown Friday at the request of the Massachusetts State Police.