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At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:04:00 AM »
At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts

At least 28 injured after two explosions near finish line. Police disarm 2 more devices

At least two people died and 23 others were injured Monday after two blasts ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police found two more explosive devices and disarmed them, officials said. A third blast from a controlled detonation was heard downtown.The marathon organizers announced on Facebook that bombs had caused the explosions, which occurred in quick succession about 2:50 p.m. on Boylston Street near the intersection of Exeter Street, three hours after the winner had crossed the finish line.

Bloodied spectators were carried to medical tent intended for runners. Several of the injured had lost limbs, and at least one police officer was hurt.

"Somebody's leg flew by my head. I gave my belt to stop the blood," spectator John Ross told The Boston Herald.

Police reported at least 23 were injured, but hospitals reported receiving more patients.

Massachusetts General Hospital was treating 19 victims, spokeswoman Susan McGreevey said. Tufts New England Medical Center had nine patients "and we're expecting more," said spokeswoman Julie Jette.

Organizers immediately stopped the race and locked down the marathon headquarters.

The elite women runners started the race at 9:30 a.m. and the elite men followed about 30 minutes later. About 27,000 runners were in the field for the Patriots Day race.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced a temporary flight restriction over Boston.

Smoke hung over the neighborhood as police cleared the thousands of spectators who had jammed the route.

Joe Difazio, of Wakefield, Mass., was working on communications at the race and was near the explosion. He says there was one explosion and five seconds later there was another of the same intensity. It was at a barricaded area near the finish line.

"There were so many people in that area that they couldn't ambulances in there. They were wheeling people out in wheelchairs," he said. "One guy had no legs. The bones was just sticking out... It was horrible."

"It was insane here. Everyone was running. I was right next to the explosion. It threw me. I never sprinted so fast after a marathon. The first one threw me onto the ground. And everything went silent and then the second went off and I just covered my head and got up and started sprinting. Everyone was screaming and people were getting trampled. We finally found an open T that just arrived in Wellington. We had to walk a few miles to find one open. Nancy Costa of Reading, Penn. Shes a med student who ran with Jill Edmonds of Salem, NH. Both were OK

Kimberly DelGuzzi of Pittsburgh was waiting on Boylston Street for her friend to cross the finish line when she found herself pressed against a building, ducking for cover from the blasts.

"At first, I thought it was fireworks, but then I saw the smoke go up in the air," she DelGuzzi, who was standing between the two explosions. "Then, not even a minute later, the second one went off."

She described the scene as "mass chaos" and said, "Oh my God, it was loud."

"The explosions shook everything," she said, her voice still shaking 40 minutes after the bombs went off. "I saw runners down in the street. I saw people down on the sidewalk."

DelGuzzi, 41, has run numerous marathons but was not running in Boston. Her friend reported she was OK.

The final 100 meters of the race is lined with bleacher seating, reserved for race officials and invited guests. The area on Charles River, on the north side Boylston Street is open to the general public. At the corner of Hereford and Boylston Streets, there is a Boston EMS Medical Tent and a fire station.

The Mandarin Oriental hotel on Huntington has been evacuated. A hotel employee who did not provide his name said all businesses on the block had been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

There is relative calm in the streets, no signs of panic. A volunteer EMT said all resources public and private have been called in for response.

President Obama has been notified of the incident in Boston. His administration is in contact with state and local authorities. He directed his administration to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the investigation and response.

The New York Police Department has stepped up security around landmarks in Manhattan, including near prominent hotels, in response to at least one explosion near the finish line of the Boston marathon on Monday, said Paul Browne, deputy commissioner of the NYPD.

Browne told Reuters that New York police were re-deploying counter-terrorism vehicles around the city.

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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 07:40:28 AM »
A terrible thing, especially at such an event. It's especially sad when a child is killed or injured.

I remember well the Warrington bombings when two children were killed, one of them three years ago:


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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 03:36:42 PM »

  Patriots’ Day

Race day got started with 26 seconds of silence in honor of the victims of the December school shooting in Connecticut. A little more than 2 hours later, the lead runners passed the Mile 26 marker, which was decorated with the Newtown, Connecticut, seal and dedicated to the memory of those killed there.

The annual 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) marathon takes place on Patriot's Day, a state holiday that celebrates the evacuation of Boston by the British in the American Revolution.

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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 09:49:58 AM »
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Re: Boston bombs packed with gunpowder, shrapnel
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 12:20:14 PM »
The explosives that killed three and wounded more than 170 at the Boston Marathon were made of pressure cookers packed with metal and ball bearings, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.

US President Barack Obama said it was unclear whether the bombings were carried out by an international
organization, domestic group or a "malevolent individual."

Obama, speaking to reporters at the White House, said authorities still don't know who is responsible and officials said no one had claimed responsibility.

He called the bombing "a heinous and cowardly act" used to target innocent civilians.

The chief FBI agent in Boston vowed "we will go to the ends of the Earth" to find whoever carried out the deadly attack on one of the city's most famous civic holidays, Patriots Day.

A person briefed on the attack, which left the streets splattered with blood and glass, said the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags that were placed on the ground.

The person said the duffel bags contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

These types of pressure cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 joint FBI and Homeland Security intelligence report.

One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the intelligence report said.

"Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack," the report said.

The Pakistani Taliban have denied any role in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three people and injured more than 140.

The group's spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, denied involvement in a telephone call with The Associated Press on Tuesday. He spoke from an undisclosed location.

The main focus of the Pakistani Taliban has been a bloody insurgency against the Pakistani government because of its alliance with the United States and to enforce Islamic law in the country.

But the group has threatened attacks in the US as well, and claimed responsibility for a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square in 2010.

The Times Square attacker, Faisal Shahzad, has admitted to getting training from the Pakistani Taliban in the country's tribal region.


Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows an explosion at the Boston Marathon. Reuters
Richard DesLauriers,

FBI agent in charge in Boston, said earlier that investigators had received "voluminous tips" and were interviewing witnesses and were analyzing the crime scene.

A European security official said Tuesday initial evidence indicates that the attacks were not the work of suicide bombers.

"So far, investigators believe it was not the work of suicide bombers, but it is still too early to rule it out completely," said the official, who spoke from the United States on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the US investigation.

The fiery explosions took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards (90 meters) apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the route.

Blood stained the pavement, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories. Victims suffered broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.

Defense secretary Chuck Hagel called the bombing a "cruel act of terror."

He said that any event with explosive devices is clearly an act of terror and he promised that a thorough investigation will determine whether the perpetrators were foreign or domestic.

The Pentagon chief vowed that those responsible will be brought to justice.

Massachusetts Gov Deval Patrick said Tuesday no unexploded bombs were found at the marathon site. He said the only explosives were the ones that went off Monday.

Boston police and firefighter unions announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the bombing.

Roupen Bastajian, a state  trooper from Smithfield, Rhode Island, had just finished the race when he heard the explosions

"I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor," he said.

"We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated."

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services, said: "This is something I've never seen in my 25 years here ... this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war."

WBZ-TV reported late Monday that law enforcement officers were searching an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant related to the investigation into the explosions was served Monday night in Revere, but provided no further details.

Some investigators were seen leaving the Revere house early Tuesday carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.

But Dr. Stephen Epstein of the emergency medicine department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said he saw an X-ray of one victim's leg that had "what appears to be small, uniform, round objects throughout it - similar in the appearance to BBs."

He said it remained to be determined what exactly the objects were.

Other doctors said they removed a host of sharp objects from the victims, including nails that were sticking out of one little girl's body.

Police said three people were killed.

Eight-year-old Martin Richard was among the dead, according to a person who talked to a friend of the family and spoke on condition of anonymity. The person said the boy's mother and sister were also injured.

On Tuesday, police identified the second victim as Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager. The third victim remained unidentified.

Police commissioner Ed Davis said 176 victims were brought to hospitals around Boston, and 17 were in critical condition. At least eight children were being treated at hospitals.

Tim Davey of Richmond, Virginia, was with his wife, Lisa, and children near a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners when the injured began arriving.

"They just started bringing people in with no limbs," he said.

"Most everybody was conscious," Lisa Davey said.

"They were very dazed."

The Boston Marathon is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious races and about 23,000 runners participated. Factbox: Key facts about the Boston Marathon

The race honored the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting with a special mile marker in Monday's race.

Boston Athletic Association president Joanne Flaminio previously said there was "special significance" to the fact that the race is 26.2 miles long and 26 people died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

One of the city's biggest annual events, the race winds up near Copley Square, not far from the landmark Prudential Center and the Boston Public Library.

It is held on Patriots Day, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution, at Concord and Lexington in 1775.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis asked people to stay indoors or go back to their hotel rooms and avoid crowds as bomb squads methodically checked parcels and bags left along the race route.

He said investigators didn't know whether the bombs were hidden in mailboxes or trash cans.

He said authorities had received "no specific intelligence that anything was going to happen" at the race.

The Federal Aviation Administration barred low-flying aircraft within 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) of the site.

"We still don't know who did this or why," Obama said at the White House, adding, "Make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of this."

With scant official information to guide them, members of Congress said there was little or no doubt it was an act of terrorism.

"We just don't know whether it's foreign or domestic," said Republican Rep Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

A few miles away from the finish line and around the same time, a fire broke out at the John F Kennedy Library.

The police commissioner said that it may have been caused by an incendiary device but that it was not clear whether it was related to the bombings.

The first explosion occurred on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the finish line, and some people initially thought it was a celebratory cannon blast.

When the second bomb went off, spectators' cheers turned to screams. As sirens blared, emergency workers and National Guardsmen who had been assigned to the race for crowd control began climbing over and tearing down temporary fences to get to the blast site.

The bombings occurred about four hours into the race and two hours after the men's winner crossed the finish line. By that point, more than 17,000 of the athletes had finished the marathon, but thousands more were still running.

The attack may have been timed for maximum carnage: The four-hour mark is typically a crowded time near the finish line because of the slow-but-steady recreational runners completing the race and because of all the friends and relatives clustered around to cheer them on.

Runners in the medical tent for treatment of dehydration or other race-related ills were pushed out to make room for victims of the bombing.

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Re: Boston Marathon blasts ♦ Suspect shot dead, second at large
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 07:29:59 PM »
Police: Suspect shot dead, second at large



Washington - US police said on Friday they had shot dead oneof the suspects in this week's Boston Marathon bombings and that theywere conducting a door-to-door search for the second suspect.

The FBI released photos and videosThursday of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing after combingthrough thousands of pieces of information related to the terroristattack that killed three and wounded 176 others near the finish line.

US President Barack Obama told the people of Boston earlierThursday that the bombing at the city’s iconic marathon would notbeat them and vowed "we will finish the race." "Even when our heart aches, we summon the strength that maybe wedidn’t even know we had, and we carry on; we finish the race," hesaid at an interfaith memorial service at the city’s Cathedral of theHoly Cross.

Images of two young men dressed in dark clothes and wearingbaseball caps show them carrying backpacks that could have containedthe bombs. The FBI made the announcement to seek help from the publicin identifying the men.

One of the men could be seen leaving a backpack at the site of oneof the two blasts, chief investigator Richard DesLauriers said in apress conference.

The men were considered "armed and extremely dangerous,"DesLauriers said, warning anyone with information to call the policeand "not take any action on your own." "Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends,neighbours, co-workers or family members of the suspects," he said."Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those withinformation to come forward and provide it to us." The FBI did not specify what ethnicity the men might be, but theyappeared to have light skin and dark hair. It was collecting tips atthe phone number 1-800-CALL-FBI or online atbostonmarthontips.fbi.gov.

The photos are posted at the FBI website. Dozens of victimsexperienced injuries so serious that their legs had to be amputated,including a 6-year-old girl whose 8-year-old brother was killed.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano had warned earlierthat it would take time to solve the crime.

"The investigation is proceeding apace," she said, but noted itwould not be as easy to solve as a television crime drama. "This isnot an NCIS episode." Obama recalled the history of the city in the founding of the USand his own years as a law student at nearby Harvard University,describing the attack as "personal." "Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed thisheinous act," Obama said. "If they sought to intimidate us, toterrorize us, to shake us ... it should be pretty clear by now thatthey picked the wrong city to do it." Speaking directly to hospitalized victims from a memorial service,Obama vowed, "We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walkand even run again." "I have no doubt you will run again. You will run again." He promised justice for the still unknown perpetrators of theattack that killed three and wounded 176 when two bombs exploded atthe race’s finish line on Monday.

"Yes, we will find you and you will face justice," Obama pledged.

He met prior to the service with the family of Krystle Campbell,one of the three killed in the attack. Obama and First Lady MichelleObama visited victims in several hospitals after the service.

Obama has been continually briefed on the investigation into thetwo bombs at Monday’s race, the White House said.

The service brought together Christian, Jewish and Muslim faithleaders, who offered words of comfort from their scriptures.

"Bless this broken city as she finds her balance, dusts herselfoff and tilts her head back to the sky," prayed the Reverend LizWalker of Roxbury Presbyterian Church.

Catholic Cardinal Sean O’Malley vowed, "love is stronger thandeath." Political officials, including former Massachusetts governor andpresidential candidate Mitt Romney, were among the thousands packedinto the cathedral, along with first responders and families of thevictims.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino praised his city Thursday for itsresilience.

"We are one Boston. No adversity, no challenge - nothing can teardown the resilience in the heart of the city and its people," hesaid.

He pointed to brave actions by emergency workers and ordinarycitizens who helped the injured and the outpouring of love in thedays since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

"This was the compassion of the city at work," he said

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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013, 08:01:48 AM »
The second brother is now in custody.
 

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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2013, 11:37:41 AM »
The Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 at the request of the Russian government, but didn't find evidence of suspicious activity and closed the case, an FBI official said Friday.

The fact that the FBI spoke with Mr. Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday morning in a firefight with authorities, is likely to become a focal point of the post mortem into how the attack was able to be carried out at the Boston Marathon. It also speaks to the challenge faced by authorities as terrorism morphs to some extent from the complex international plots of a decade ago to small-scale attacks carried out by individuals located within U.S.

U.S. counterterrorism policy has since 2001 focused largely on killing terrorists overseas or preventing them from getting into the U.S. But the Boston bombings show how the diffusion of terrorist tactics easily transcends borders. Countering small groups of individuals inside the U.S. can be a bedeviling assignment.

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Re: Boston Marathon blasts ♦ Brothers in infamy
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2013, 06:55:53 PM »
BOSTON — Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer with muscular arms and enough confidence to arrive at a sparring session without protective gear. His younger brother Dzhokhar was popular in school, won a city scholarship for college and liked to hang out with Russian friends.

Overnight, two young men previously seen only in grainy camera images were revealed Friday to be ethnic Chechen brothers suspected in a horrific act of terrorism.

Tamerlan was dead, and his 19-year-old brother was taken into custody after a furious manhunt that shut down much of Boston. He was found hiding in a boat in someone's backyard.

But the details so far have shed precious little light on the most vexing question: Why would two brothers who came to America a decade ago turn on their adopted home with an attack on the world's most famous marathon?

The Tsarnaev family arrived in the United States, seeking refuge from strife in their homeland. "Why people go to America? You know why," the father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in an interview from Russia, where he lives now. "Our political system in Russia. Chechens were persecuted in Kyrgyzstan, they were problems."

The family had moved from Kyrgyzstan to Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia's North Caucasus that has become an epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over from the Chechnya region.

The father set up as an auto mechanic, and the two boys (there were two sisters, too) went to school. Dzhokhar attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin school, a prestigious public school just blocks from Harvard Yard.

From there, the boys' paths diverged somewhat — at least for a while.

Tamerlan, who was 26 when he was killed overnight in a shootout, dropped out after studying accounting at Bunker Hill Community College for just three semesters.

"I don't have a single American friend. I don't understand them," he was quoted as saying in a photo package that appeared in a Boston University student magazine in 2010.

He identified himself then as a Muslim and said he did not drink or smoke: "God said no alcohol." He said he hoped to fight for the US Olympic team and become a naturalized American.

As a boxer, he was known for his nerve. "He's a real cocky guy," said one trainer who worked with him, Kendrick Ball. He said the young man came to his first sparring session with no protective gear.

"That's unheard of with boxing," Ball said. But he added: "In this sport, you've got to be sure of yourself, you know what I mean?"

More recently, Tamerlan — married, with a young daughter — became a more devout Muslim, according to his aunt, Maret Tsarnaeva. She told reporters outside her Toronto home that the older brother had taken to praying five times a day.

In 2011, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan at the behest of a foreign government, a federal law enforcement official said, speaking anonymously. The officials would not say what country made the request or why, but said that nothing derogatory was found.


This poster warning officers about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was circulated to Boston-area law enforcement agencies

Tamerlan traveled to Russia last year and returned to the US six months later, government officials told The Associated Press. More wasn't known about his travels.

Albrecht Ammon, 18, lived directly below the apartment of the two suspects. He said he recently saw Tamerlan in a pizzeria, where they argued about religion and US foreign policy.

He quoted Tsarnaev as saying that many US wars are based on the Bible, which is used as "an excuse for invading other countries".

During the argument, Ammon said, Tsarnaev told him he had nothing against the American people, but he had something against the American government. "The Bible was a cheap copy of the Koran," Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying.

According to law enforcement records Tamerlan was arrested, in 2009, for assault and battery on a girlfriend; the charges were dismissed. His father told The New York Times that the case thwarted Tamerlan's hopes for US citizenship.

Meanwhile, the mother of the suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, was heard from only in an audio interview broadcast on CNN, calling the accusations against her sons a setup.

She said she had never heard a word from her older son about any thinking that would have led to such an attack. "He never told me he would be on the side of jihad," she said.

Her younger son was described by friends as well-adjusted and well-liked, though at some point in college, his academic work reportedly suffered greatly.

"I'm in complete shock," said Rose Schutzberg, 19, who graduated with Dzhokhar. "He was a very studious person. He was really popular. He wrestled. People loved him."

In fact, Schutzberg said, she had "a little crush" on him in high school. "He's a great guy," she said. "He's smart, funny. He's definitely a really sweet person, very kind hearted, kind soul."

Dzhokhar was on the school's wrestling team. And in May 2011, his senior year, he was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the city to pursue higher education, according to a news release at the time.

He was attending the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, university officials said Friday. Harry Danso, who lives on the same floor, told the AP he saw him in a dorm hallway this week.

"He was regular, he was calm," said Danso.

The school would not say what he was studying. The father of the suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, told the AP his younger son was "a second-year medical student," though he graduated high school in 2011.

"My son is a true angel ...," he said by telephone from the Russian city of Makhachkala. "He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here."

Still, The New York Times reported that a college transcript revealed that he was failing many of his college classes. In two semesters in 2012 and 2013, he got seven failing grades, including F's in Principles of Modern Chemistry, Intro American Politics, and Chemistry and the Environment.

Dzhokhar's page on the Russian social networking site Vkontakte says that before moving to the United States, he attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, and he describes himself as speaking Chechen as well as English and Russian.

His world view is described as "Islam" and he says his personal goal is "career and money."

Deana Beaulieu, 20, lives two blocks away from the suspects' home, went to school with Dzhokhar and was friendly with his sister.

Beaulieu says she doesn't recall Dzhokhar expressing any political views. "I thought he was going to branch off to college, and now this is what he's done. ... I don't understand what the hell happened, what set him off like this."

Florida Addy, 19, said she lived in the same college dorm with Dzhokhar this year. She called him "drug" (pronounced droog), the Russian word for friend, a word he taught her.

Addy said she saw Dzhokhar last week, when she bummed a cigarette from him. They would occasionally hang out in his room or at the apartment of Russian students he knew.

She described him as down to earth and friendly, even a little mysterious, but in a charming way. She had just learned that he had a girlfriend, although she did not attend the university.

"He was nice. He was cool. I'm just in shock," she said.

Dzhokhar's uncle, too, was surprised by his suspected involvement in the attack — much more, he said, than by his brother's.

"It's not a surprise about him," Ruslan Tsarni, who lives in Maryland, said of Tamerlan. "The younger one, that's something else." He said the family had placed all its hopes with Dzhokhar, hoping he would be a doctor.

Another uncle, Alvi Tsarnaev, told news organizations that Tamerlan had called him Thursday night — hours before his firefight with police — and the two spoke for the first time in two or three years. He said the young man asked for forgiveness for the rift in the family.

"He said, 'I love you and forgive me,'" the uncle said.

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Re: Boston bomber clings to life
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2013, 12:40:45 PM »
BOSTON - The man whose brief life on the lam paralysed Boston clung to life early Sunday as investigators waited for a chance to ask him why he and his brother attacked the Boston Marathon.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center today. It is the same hospital where Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan, 26, was brought early Friday after a shootout with police. Tamerlan died of his wounds.

A hospital spokesperson said Saturday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was still alive, however the FBI asked they give no updates on his condition.

When he was taken into custody from the bottom of a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home Friday night, the suspect was bleeding badly and too weak to resist any longer, officials said.


Video grab: Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is treated by paramedics immediately after his capture by police on Saturday morning Thailand time in a Boston suburb.

Police believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was initially wounded Thursday night (Friday morning Thailand time) in the gunbattle that killed his brother. Police said they found blood in a car he abandoned and blood at a house. Police said he went undetected by the massive manhunt because he had managed to get just one block outside the search perimeter.

It is unclear whether Tsarnaev was hit again during a final volley before his arrest in the boat.

Investigators - who are expected to be the country's elite counterterror unit - are hoping that Tsarnaev survives because they are intent on determining what triggered the shocking attack and whether he had any help. The bombing killed three, including a young boy, and wounded about 170. An MIT security officer was allegedly killed by the duo on Wednesday night and a Boston transit cop was badly wounded in a subsequent shootout.

One focus of the probe so far is a six month trip Tamerlan Tsarnaev took to the semi autonomous Russian province of Dagestan in 2012. Dagestan has become a hotbed of militant Islamic activity.

The capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev set off a night of celebration in Watertown and Boston, a spontaneous relief after the region was ordered indoors for an entire day as heavily armed SWAT teams searched for the surviving suspect. Jubilant residents high fived police and chanted "Boston strong" and USA.

"It brings a sigh of relief and I think that it really allows us to start the healing process," Boston resident Heather Budda said, according to ABC News Radio. "He's still alive so we still have a chance to hear what the reasoning behind it is."

Crowds gathered around Boylston Street in Boston, the sight of Monday's twin bombing at the finish line of the marathon.

"Let's go Boston," was chanted while others climbed trees and draped themselves in American flags.

The dragnet came to an end shortly after the lockdown was lifted and Watertown homeowner David Henneberry walked into his backyard and saw something amiss with his boat, according to Henneberry's neighbor, George Pizzuto.



"He looked and noticed something was off about his boat, so he got his ladder, and he put his ladder up on the side of the boat and climbed up, and then he saw blood on it, and he thought he saw what was a body laying in the boat," Pizzuto said. "So he got out of the boat fast and called police."

Henneberry notified police, and minutes later gunfire erupted and dozens of law enforcement officers rushed to secure a perimeter around Franklin Street in Watertown, where residents were immediately warned to stay indoors and "shelter in place."

According to police, a helicopter with infrared technology then located Tsarnaev in the boat and noted that he was moving about within it. The helicopter directed officers on the ground to the boat, where they briefly exchanged gunfire shortly before 7 p.m.

Police halted their gunfire and sent hostage negotiators to try and talk Tsarnaev out of the boat Davis said. But the suspect was not responsive, and after about an hour and 45 minutes, officers went to the boat and took Tsarnaev into custody.

A senior Justice Department official told ABC News that federal law enforcement officials are invoking the public safety exception to the Miranda rights, so that Tsarnaev will be questioned immediately without having his rights read to him or a lawyer present.

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Mother of Boston marathon bomb suspects: My innocent sons were set up by the FBI

The mother of the Boston marathon bomb suspects has claimed her sons are innocent and have been set up by the FBI.

Zubeidat Tsarnaev said her older son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been under FBI surveillance for the past three to five years.

Tamerlan, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police on Friday while his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar was arrested late last night after he was found hiding from authorities in a back yard in the Boston suburb of Watertown.

‘My son would never do this,’ she said in an interview with Russian state television broadcaster RT.

‘He was controlled by the FBI for three to five years, they knew what my son was doing … they were controlling his every step and now they say that this is a terrorist act! So how could this happen?

‘I am 100 per cent sure that this is a set up,’ she added. ‘My two sons are really innocent and neither of them have ever talked about what they said now.’


Hundreds of US students gather to celebrate the capture of suspected Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Picture: Reuters)

As thousands of Bostonians took to the streets to celebrate his capture, president Barack Obama said there were many unanswered question surrounding the terror attack.

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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2013, 07:48:04 AM »
According to CNN, Boston police, during the shootout with the alleged bombers, shot up the whole neighbourhood and nearly killed one of their own. Homeowners are telling stories about bullets entering their houses. There's also a story to the effect that police opened fire on one of their own suv's.

The situation seems to have been desperate with, it's claimed, home made grenades being thrown at the police but the stories being told conjure up an image similar to the killing of Bonny and Clyde.

If the police are unable to lmit their fire to their chosen targets, what chance all those would-be civilians who carry guns in public places?

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/15/us/boston-watertown-shootout/
 

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Re: At least 2 dead, 23 hurt by Boston Marathon blasts
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2014, 11:13:15 AM »
Man held; backpacks found at Boston Marathon finish line

Shortly after ceremonies ended Tuesday to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, two backpacks in the area of the Boylston Street finish line raised concerns of police, who evacuated the neighborhood.

The Boston Police Department called in the bomb squad and performed what is known as a "controlled disruption" of the bags, police department spokesman David Estrada said.

Police arrested a man who is the owner of the bags, Estrada said, although later police reports indicated the man owned only one of the backpacks. Police charged the man with possession of a hoax device, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

One of the backpacks held a rice cooker inside, police said.

An officer noticed the man behaving suspiciously and stopped the man, who then dropped his backpack, Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said.

Halstead would not say who might have owned the second backpack or what was inside.

Estrada was not sure what method was used to "disrupt" the bags. "They have different methods – sometimes water cannon, sometimes a little bit of explosives."

The neighborhood was still cordoned off at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Estrada. The incident happened at about 6:50 p.m.

Earlier, crowds gathered to remember the four who died in connection with the April 15, 2013, bombing at the finish line and the hundreds who were injured. Many of those who lost limbs in the incident took part. Some of the crowds who had come downtown to see the ceremony and honor victims had left the downtown area when the backpack incident took place, Estrada said.

The backpack incident at around the time spectators were celebrating brothers Paul and J.P. Norden, both of whom lost legs after the 2013 bombing and both of whom on Tuesday walked the entire 26.2-mile marathon course. Runners Christy Zuroweste and Shaun Steele of Joplin, Mo., said they had just the brothers cross the finish line when they overheard a voice on a police officer's radio say something about a backpack. Both were in town for Sunday's finale to the One Run for Boston charity relay and Steele will run the Boston Marathon next week.

"They sounded frantic," said Zuroweste, 37, of the voice on the police radio. "It was like a distressed kind of thing."

Suddenly, the police started telling people to get out of the area.

"They were just like, 'Get off the street. Get out, go. You've got to go right now,' " said Steele, 42.

Running coach Laura Ingalls was at Heartbreak Hill at about mile 21 of the marathon last year when the bombs went off. She was guiding runners to the end of the 26.2-mile race when they were pulled off the course. She was able to charge her phone at a stranger's house and hear from their television what was going on. When she told her runners what was happening, some went into hysterics, she said.

Authorities eventually guided the group to a local church, where they were able to get snacks and water and, for those who needed it after running 21 miles, medical attention, Ingalls said.

On Tuesday, Ingalls was waiting inside a restaurant right near the finish line for Zuroweste, Steele and other friends when she heard what happened. Authorities would let no one leave for almost three hours, she said. Tuesday's incident brought back for her all that happened last year and made her angry, she said.

"Those survivors have become our symbol of hope and to think of what they must have gone through emotionally" when the incident happened, said Ingalls, 34, of Newton, Mass. "I'm really trying to calm down. It was infuriating."

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