4.24.2013

Boston Marathon Aftermath: Attack in Northeast brings questions, concern about threat to the country and how to respond.

by Saeed Shabazz

BOSTON (FinalCall.com) - “We need to know who they are and get them off the streets,” Jackie Hurley told reporters standing in front of the makeshift memorial for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured over 180 people.

She didn’t know a few hours later law enforcement would exchange shots in Cambridge, Mass., home to Harvard University, with the Tsarnaev brothers, 26-year-old Tamarlan and 19-year-old Dzhokhar.

Officials say the older Tsarnaev was killed during the exchange, while his brother escaped, only to be captured around 8 p.m. April 19 after a massive manhunt in East Watertown, Mass. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged in his hospital room April 22 with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill—a crime that carries a possible death sentence.

Mr. Tsarnaev, 19, was accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring with his older brother to set off the two pressure-cooker bombs that sprayed shrapnel into the crowd at the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

The criminal complaint containing the charges shed no light on the motive for the attack. Mr. Tsarnaev was listed in serious but stable condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, unable to speak because of a gunshot wound to the throat.

In outlining the evidence against him in court papers, the FBI said Mr. Tsarnaev was seen on surveillance cameras putting a knapsack down on the ground near the site of the second blast and then manipulating a cellphone and lifting it to his ear. After the first explosion went off about a block down the street and spread fear through the crowd, Mr. Tsarnaev—unlike nearly everyone around him—looked calm and quickly walked away, the FBI said. Just 10 seconds or so later, the second blast occurred where he left the knapsack, the FBI said.

The FBI did not make it clear whether authorities believe he used his cellphone to detonate one or both of the bombs or whether he was talking to someone.

The court papers also said that during the long night of crime April 18 and April 19 that led to the older brother’s death and the younger one’s capture, one of the Tsarnaev brothers told a carjacking victim: “Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that.” [READ MORE]

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