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February 26, 2021

Boston bombing investigation turns to motive

The surviving suspect has sustained serious injuries as investigators seek a motive for the attacks and try to determine whether the brothers suspected of the attack acted alone.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured late on Friday night after a gunfight with police which ended a daylong manhunt. His apprehension in a Watertown backyard sent waves of relief and jubilation throughout Boston.Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, 26, died on Thursday after a shootout with police. His younger brother was shot in the throat and could not speak because of injuries to his tongue, said a source close to the investigation. Acccording to Al Jazeera it is unclear when he would be able to talk again or when he would be charged. “It’s serious … he’s not yet able to speak,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told reporters on Saturday. “We have a million questions and those questions need to be answered.” The brothers are suspected of setting off bombs made in pressure cookers and packed with ball bearings and nails at the crowded finish line of last Monday’s marathon, killing three people and injuring 176.

As Tsarnaev remains under heavy guard at the hospital, new details have emerged in the case. Authorities have not publicly detailed how Tsarnaev was injured. Authorities have not publicly said what charges will be filed against the teen. But a Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN the teen will face federal terrorism charges and possibly state murder charges.As an army of officers hunted for the suspects in Monday’s marathon bombings, Tsarnaev acted like any other college sophomore. Tsarnaev was on the campus of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth every day after the attack until late Thursday, a university official told CNN. Tsarnaev attended classes and dorm parties while the rest of Boston came to a tense standstill. A student at the school told The Boston Globe she saw Tsarnaev Wednesday night at a party that was attended by some of his friends from intramural soccer. “He was just relaxed,” she said, asking the paper not to print her name. At the dorm where Tsarnaev lived, students joked Thursday as they viewed the FBI photos on television, a senior who lived in the suspect’s dorm told The Boston Globe.

Family in Dagestan defends Boston suspects

The Tsarnaev family originally hails from the Russian republic of Chechnya and fled the brutal wars there in the 1990s. The two brothers were born in Kyrgyzstan. An FBI official said agents interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 at the request of the Russian government. The FBI said Russia claimed he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010. The suspects’ parents told Russian state media that the FBI had been speaking with their sons. “FBI came to them two or three times, asking ‘Are you Chechens?

Is anyone harassing you?’ Why would anyone offend us? Then they came again. Said they wanted to talk to Tamerlan. We didn’t know what was going on, didn’t know whether he had done something. But they were saying, ‘Oh, it’s nothing, it’s just routine.’ They talked to us at our home,” father Anzor Tsarnaev told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “ Mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar says her sons are innocent and “controlled by the FBI”.Earlier Friday, a U.S. official familiar with the latest intelligence information on the Boston Marathon bombings said initial indications were that the two suspects do not have direct links to any major al Qaeda group or affiliates, or to a new significant terrorist threat to the United States.

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