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Train stopped in Providence, R.I.; mayor says authorities told him four suspects sought

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A train was stopped by authorities in Providence on Wednesday, police went on board and passengers were ordered off. The mayor said officers were searching for suspects from Boston.

WJAR-TV said three people were taken off the train and were being questioned by law enforcement authorities.

Providence Mayor Vincent Cianci Jr. said police authorities told him they were looking for as many as four suspects who eluded authorities in Boston.

Cianci could not confirm whether the search was connected to Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Two of the hijacked planes that crashed Tuesday took off from Boston.

Passenger Rusty McDonald said the train, which originated in Boston, was one stop from Providence when police boarded and began walking through it. There was no message or information given to passengers aboard the train.

When the train arrived in Providence around 2 p.m., it was stopped and passengers were ordered off.

The train station was evacuated.

Further details were not immediately available.

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