Saturday, 20 April 2013

Fist-pumps for Boston: Bombing suspect in custody, seriously injured but awake

Fist-pumps for Boston: Bombing suspect in custody, seriously injured but awake, Police apprehended the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Friday night after a man inadvertently discovered him hiding in a small boat on a trailer in his driveway.

The FBI offered the following information via press release after the capture of the suspect.

"The two individuals believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday have been positively identified as Tamerlan Tsaraev, now deceased, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, now in custody. These individuals are brothers and residents of Massachusetts. Tamerlan Tsaraev was a legal permanent resident and Dzhokar Tsaraev is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Charges have not yet been filed against Dzhokar Tsarnaev and he is presumed innocent.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, was previously designated as Suspect 1, wearing a black hat. Dzhokar A. Tsarnaev, age 19, was designated as Suspect 2, wearing a white hat. Both were born in Kyrgyzstan.

Once the FBI learned the identities of the two brothers today, the FBI reviewed its records and determined that in early 2011, a foreign government asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.

In response to this 2011 request, the FBI checked U.S. government databases and other information to look for such things as derogatory telephone communications, possible use of online sites associated with the promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and family members. The FBI did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign, and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011. The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government."

View slideshow: Boston Marathon Bombers and Victims

Following the capture, the streets of Boston were filled with people who openly expressed their gratitude to those officers, agents and other authorities who had assisted in the capture, as well as to their fellow residents and friends.

An FBI representative thanked the media and citizens for their help in getting the photos out as it helped to more quickly identify the suspects.

Even the suspects' own family members, including an uncle who called them "losers," said they couldn't understand why the 19 and 26-year-old brothers, the elder a father, would commit such atrocities.

"They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated," said President Barack Obama in a press conference following the capture. "They failed because as Americans we refuse to be terrorized."

"During this long week, we have seen an extraordinary effort by law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety agencies," said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in a release. "These collaborative efforts, with the help and cooperation of the public, resulted in the successful outcome we have seen tonight."

"The investigation will continue as part of our efforts to seek answers and justice, and there will be no pause in that effort. But tonight, I wish to thank all those who worked so tirelessly throughout the week in the pursuit of safety and justice."

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