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Boston bombing: LIVE UPDATES

Published time: April 15, 2013 20:26
Edited time: June 24, 2013 08:40
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. (Reuters /  Jessica Rinaldi)

SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. (Reuters / Jessica Rinaldi)

The second suspect behind the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been arrested following an extensive manhunt that ended in the Boston suburb of Watertown. His brother Tamerlan was pronounced dead by law enforcement early Friday.

April 26

19:09 GMT: The parents of the Tsarnaev brothers, Anzor and Zubeidat, have left their home town of Makhachkala for Moscow from where they plan to take a flight to the US in order to meet with their son, Dzhokhar, RIA-Novosti reports.

18:59GMT: US intelligence agencies added the mother of the Boston bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, to a federal terrorism database, TIDE, about 18 months before the attack occurred, AP cites two unnamed government officials.

April 24

23:55 GMT: In a direct contradiction to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who had stated that shots were fired from inside the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended, officials disclosed to the AP that he was unarmed at the time of arrest.

23:30 GMT: Federal investigators have disclosed that the homemade, pressure-cooker bombs were triggered by a remote detonator, the AP reports. The “close-controlled” devices are described as the sort used in remote-controlled toys. According to one US official, the suspects would have had to be several blocks in proximity to the explosives to detonate them.

The AP also reports that Russian officials approached the CIA months after the FBI had cleared Tamerlan Tsarnaev in an investigation into possible terrorist ties. The CIA then added the suspect's name into its massive Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database. Russia’s initial warning to the FBI was shared in March 2011.

20:20 GMT: American authorities have informed the suspects’ family that they may now access older brother Tamerlan's body for burial, though an uncle’s request to a Boston-area mosque for a funeral was denied, according to their aunt Patimat Suleimanova.

The mosque, which is run by the Islamic Society of Boston, did not respond to a request by NBC News, though the group did say that its congregants had been questioned by the FBI. Tamerlan Tsarnaev had attended and occasionally caused disruptions at the mosque, after which he was threatened with ejection.

18:50 GMT: The Boston Marathon explosions were triggered by a remote-controlled detonator, AP quotes the US officials close to the ongoing investigation as saying, adding that the bombs were not very sophisticated. One of the officials described the detonator as "close-controlled" — meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the bombs. It was not immediately clear what the detonation device was. A criminal complaint outlining federal charges against the only surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, described him as holding a cellphone in his hand moments before the first explosion.

April 23

20:15 GMT: Katherine Russell, the wife of slain suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the mother of his child, has released a statement through her attorney, Amato DeLuca:

Our firm is representing Katherine Russell and she has asked us to make a short statement. As you know from news reports, Katie married her husband in June of 2010. Since then, she has been living in Cambridge, raising her child and working long hours, caring for people in their homes who are unable to care for themselves. Katie grew up in Rhode Island and has always remained close to her parents and sisters here, as well as her extended family. She is fortunate to have the support of her loving family now, as they, too, struggle to come to terms with these events and the deep sorrow we all feel following the events of last week. Meanwhile, she is doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.

The injuries and loss of life — to people who came to celebrate a race and a holiday — has caused profound distress and sorrow to Katie and her family. The reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law came as an absolute shock to them all. As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims — students, law enforcement, families and our community. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are trying to come to terms with these events.

Thank you.

19:32 GMT: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate Judiciary panel that an immigration bill currently making its way through congress could fix border control weaknesses which might have facilitated last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.

"The bill will help with this because it requires that passports be electronically readable as opposed to having manual input," Napolitano testified, adding the legislation "really does a good job of getting human error out of the process."

Previously, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham revealed that a misspelling of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name on flight records when departing the United States for Russia last year may have allowed him to avoid detection from authorities. Tsarnaev had been put into the Treasury Enforcement Communications System, which helps US officials screen individuals arriving to the country, following a 2011 interview with the FBI.

18:23 GMT: Lawyers for Katherine Tsarnaeva, widow of the slain Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, have said that she is doing everything she can to assist authorities. Tsarnaeva said it had come as an absolutely shock to her that either her husband or brother-in-law had played any role in last week’s deadly blast. Her lawyers continued that she is “trying to come to terms with these events.” It remains unclear to what extent she has helped authorities, as her attorneys would not comment on whether she had already spoken with federal investigators.

17:36 GMT: Eight-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim in the Boston Marathon bombings, was laid to rest during a private funeral on Wednesday morning.

"We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life," WCVB Boston cites a statement by the family as saying.

The Richard’s family thanked the outpouring of “love and support” they had received over the last week. They further expressed their faith that the criminal justice system will now “do its job” following the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night.

Martin’s mother and sister were among those injured in the dual blasts.

17:00 GMT: The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told interrogators that US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had motivated him and his brother to carry out last week’s deadly assault, The Washington Post cites US officials as saying on condition of anonymity.

The 19-year-old suspect, who is currently hospitalized and in fair condition, further acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the Boston Marathon finish line last week.

The officials, who believe the brothers acted alone in carrying out the attack, believe the pair had been “self-radicalized” as a result of US actions in the Muslim world and information found on the Internet.

16:40 GMT:

01:54 GMT: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, told investigators that his brother Tamerlan had organized and led the attack that left three people dead and scores injured last week, a US government source told CNN. 

Tsarnaev met with investigators from his hospital bed Monday, telling them he and his brother worked alone and were motivated by a drive to "defend" Islam from a US attack. Tsarnaev, who is unable to speak because of a gunshot wound in his neck, and his brother also fit the description of lone-wolf jihadists who worked without the backing of a major terror network, the source said.

April 22

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23:51 GMT: Tamerlan Tsarnaev was known to have argued with and lashed out at a preacher in a local mosque, the Associated Press reports. Before Thanksgiving in November 2012, Tamerlan argued with a preacher who said it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate some American holidays. This January, he called the preacher a “hypocrite” who was “contaminating people's minds” during a sermon that included praise for Martin Luther King Jr.

22:42 GMT:  Evidence from the first interrogation suggests the suspects in the Boston Marathon attack were “motivated by religion” but had no ties to Islamist terror groups, two US officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. While the Tsarnaev brothers - like many Chechens - practiced Islam and appeared to have a strong sense of ethnic identity, the two had only spent a small and early portion of their lives in their homeland. Both were ethnic Chechens, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born in Kyrgyzstan while brother Tamerlan was born in the Russian republic of Kalmykia. By the time of the Boston attack, both brothers had been living in the United States for over a decade.

22:28 GMT: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been read his Miranda rights by a US judge during a bedside hearing in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

22:07 GMT: The owner of the car hijacked by the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects claims that one of them admitted to carrying out the blasts. “Did you hear about the Boston explosion? I did that,” one of the suspects asked the victim according to a report obtained by The Wall Street Journal. “I am serious,” he added showing the bullet inside his gun’s magazine.

22:01 GMT: A 7-year-old girl remains hospitalized in critical condition with “multiple leg injuries” along with several dozen others who suffered injuries in the Boston Marathon blasts. The Children's Hospital of Boston declined to identify the girl.

21:13 GMT: The first victim of the blast Krystle Campbell, 29, was laid to rest at a private ceremony at St. Joseph's Church in Medford.

People wait on line to attend the funeral for 29-year-old Krystle Campbell who was one of three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 22, 2013 in Medford, Massachusetts. (AFP Photo / Mario Tama)

18:45 GMT: People in Boston and other cities are observing a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, a week after the explosions that killed 3 people and injured more 170 on April 15.

18:44 GMT: Tsarnaev agreed to a probable cause hearing scheduled for May 30, according to the Department of Justice.

18:10 GMT: The 19 year-old Dzhokhar has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction, a federal crime which is punishable by death, life in prison, or any other indeterminate prison sentence, the Justice Department said. In addition to that he has been charged with malicious destruction of property resulting in death.

Screen shot of charges, FBI affidavit against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombings (Image from

17:31 GMT: The White House said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal. Tsarnaev will be prosecuted in the federal court system as under US law the country’s citizens cannot be tried in military commissions, said Jay Carney, a White House spokesman. He added that President Barack Obama's entire national security team supports the decision.

17:30 GMT: Federal prosecutors charged Tsarnaev while he still remains in a hospital bed in serious condition. "There has been a sealed complaint filed," said Gary Wente, circuit executive for the U.S. Courts for the First Circuit.

16:45 GMT: A misspelling in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name kept the FBI in the dark about the slain suspect’s early 2012 trip to Russia, US Senator Lindsey Graham said.

“He went over to Russia, but apparently, when he got on the Aeroflot plane, they misspelled his name,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican said on Fox television this morning. “So it never went into the system that he actually went to Russia.”

Graham continued that it remained unclear whether Tsarnaev had intentionally misspelled his name in order to cover up his tracks.

16:45 GMT:

Recovering from the Boston Marathon bombings will psychologically be

“a marathon”, Dr Terence Keane, a psychiatrist at the Boston Medical Center where many of the injured are being treated, said.

Stating it might take months for people to get back to normal, Keane urged people to “limit exposure to the media” and “establish normalcy.”

"For many people it will be difficult to get back into the normal routine. You may not feel like it, you may not be energized to do this, yet from a set of long-standing scientific studies, the people that do best are the people that get back to normal," Dr Keane said.

16:38 GMT: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, is answering brief questions by nodding his head, a source close to the investigation told CNN on Monday. The source said investigators have questioned Tsarnaev on whether there were more bombs, explosives, weapons caches, or if anyone had helped him and his brother carry out last Monday’s attack. It was not immediately clear what information the suspect, who is currently restrained and on a ventilator, has provided. The source continued that investigators are questioning Tsarnaev every few hours in the presence of doctors.

15:00 GMT: Forty eight people injured in last Monday's attack  are continuing to receive inpatient medical treatment, while two remain in critical condition. On Sunday it was reported that fifty two people remained hospitalized, while three were in critical condition. 

13:45 GMT: Boston Medical Center's doctors: "It will take months for the victims of the bombing to recover".

13:37 GMT:

10:50 GMT: The FBI is disputing a claim by the mother of the suspected Boston bombers, who said the bureau had spoken to the older brother after the bombs exploded at last Monday's marathon. At FBI headquarters in Washington, spokesman Michael Kortan says the bureau's 2011 interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the only FBI contact with him. Kortan is standing by the bureau's public statement from Friday in which the bureau described that interview. That statement says the FBI did not learn of the identities of the bombing suspects, Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokhar, until Friday, the day Tamerlan was killed. The brothers' parents in Russia have insisted that the FBI continued to monitor Tamerlan after the 2011 interview and say both of their sons were set up.

09:19 GMT: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in a serious condition, reports the FBI at the request of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where the suspect is being treated.

4:14 GMT: As investigators are struggling to understand the motives behind the deadly Boston bombing, RT spoke to a relative of the suspected attackers who stressed that the elder of Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan, was not a religious fanatic.

Tamerlan wasn’t a religious fanatic," she told RT’s Madina Kochenova. “He was curious about religion. He started to be really interested in Islam about three years ago,  but he was never a radical. We would talk about his commitment to religion, but it wasn’t extreme.”

3:45 GMT: FBI asked Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife's lawyer if they could speak with her, but he informed them of her refusal.

On Sunday, the authorities visited the home of Tsarnaev's in-laws, where Katherine Russell Tsarnaev is currently staying - according to lawyer Amato DeLuca's statement to AP. Having gotten a refusal, they are now discussing how to proceed.

Russell-Tsarnaev has been saying that she never suspected Tamerlan of anything and that nothing prompted her to think he was behaving suspiciously even after the bombings.

Tamerlan would normally stay at home to take care of their daughter while Katherine was away working. Her lawyer says Tsarnaev was home on the day of Tamerlan's death, as his wife had left for work.

3:00 GMT: The Tsarnaev brothers were allegedly planning to head to New York, having hijacked their Mercedez-Benz getaway car and told the hostage driver of their intentions. That is according to a New York Times' conversation with a US official.

This adds to the already existing suspicion by the FBI that the bombing suspects had been planning to kill more people.

1:40 GMT: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev answers questions in writing, as he is asked by police about possible accomplices and other potential unexploded devices - according to tweets from ABC news network.

1:05 GMT: The Tsarnaev brothers were not licensed to carry firearms in the towns where they lived, said police spokesman Dan Riviello.

"There is no record of him having a license to carry," Reuters cited Riviello.