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Police Capture Boston Bombing Suspect

Police officers aim their weapons in Watertown, Massachusetts, April 19, 2013.
Police officers aim their weapons in Watertown, Massachusetts, April 19, 2013.
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Police have captured alive the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings after an intense day-long search of the Boston area.

Police cornered 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside a boat in the backyard of a house in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Reports say he has been wounded and is in serious condition.

Onlookers cheered police and the FBI as they drove out of Watertown.

Massachusetts state police chief Tom Alben said he is eternally grateful for what happened Friday night, describing the police as exhausted but victorious. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he is grateful to all law enforcement for what he called their extraordinary collaboration and cooperation.

Watch report from VOA's Carolyn Presutti in Watertown, Massachusetts

Relief Greets Arrest of Boston Bombing Suspecti
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April 20, 2013 4:24 AM
VOA's Carolyn Presutti is reporting from the Boston area, on the capture of the one remaining suspect in Monday's deadly bombings at the city's marathon. Cheers, tears and high fives as police vehicles drive through the streets of Watertown, Massachusetts. The second suspect in the marathon bombing is captured, alive. People are bringing out their children, dressed in robes and pajamas, to witness these events. So for now Boston can return to normal, a bit more vigilant, but totally relieved.

They also thanked the public for their patience and thousands of tips phoned into the FBI and police, including the call that led police to the suspect hiding in the boat.

President Barack Obama, addressing reporters Friday night at the White House, said the nation is in debt to people of Boston and Massachusetts and to those he called the outstanding law enforcement professionals. He said the two bombers have failed because Americans refuse to be terrorized.

The FBI has identified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan as the suspects in Monday's twin bombings at the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed three people and injured 176. They were identified just hours after the FBI released pictures of the two hoping the public would recognize them.

The FBI says it has video of Dzhokhar placing a backpack along a curb moments before the bombing.

Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown Thursday after he and his brother allegedly killed a security officer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Police say they also stole a car and threw grenades and other explosives at officers during a police chase.

Police also say three people are have been taken into custody in the town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Dzhokhar once lived.

The brothers are ethnic Chechens and came to the Boston area as children. Family members and friends say they cannot believe the two could have carried out such a dreadful crime.

An uncle who lives in suburban Washington called them losers, though, who brought shame on all Chechens.

  • A police cruiser drives by as people react to news of the arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, April 19, 2013, in Boston.
  • An ambulance carrying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a19-year-old Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, turns into Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after he was captured in an all day manhunt, April 19, 2013.
  • This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • An FBI officer stands in front of the boat at 67 Franklin St., where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was hiding inside in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • Law enforcement officials are seen in front of 67 Franklin St after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • A family reacts after police SWAT teams assaulted a house on their street, firing their weapons on Franklin Street during the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • Police officers aim their weapons in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • Officers look on as the search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continues, April 19, 2013, in Watertown.
  • Heavily armed police continue to patrol the neighborhoods of Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • Police patrol through a neighborhood in Watertown, while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, April 19, 2013.
  • A man looks out of his door as a SWAT team member knocks on his neighbors door as they search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • A barefooted woman runs for cover as police surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • Law enforcement officers in tactical gear enter the search area for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the one remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown, Massachusetts, April 19, 2013.
  • A suspect wanted for questioning in relation to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing is seen in handout photo released through the Boston Police Department Twitter page, April 19, 2013.
  • Police walk down School and Walnut Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown.
  • A woman looks out a window at her home as police start to search an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
  • Images released by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows "Suspect 2" (L-white cap) and "Suspect 1" (R-black cap) in the crowd before the blast at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
  • Police on School and Walnut Street as the search continues for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown.
  • Residents view police in tactical gear conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, April 19, 2013, in Watertown.
  • Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, walks into his home in Montgomery Village in Maryland, April, 19, 2013.
  • A Montgomery County, Maryland police officer pushes the media back from in front of the house of the uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, April 19, 2013, in Montgomery Village.
  • Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, April 19, 2013, following the shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Police with guns drawn search for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
  • Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, April 19, 2013 following the shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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by: Dr. Tim Brown from: Penn State
April 19, 2013 2:44 PM
Hey guys... we can not defeat this Islamic evil if we are reluctant to define it... or at the very least - acknowledge it and its spread in our academic institutions... Political correctness is a very insidious ideology that will rob us of our vital energies to resist the Muslim incursion.
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by: İdil Eryurekli from: Turkey
April 19, 2013 9:25 PM
Are you an idiot? The guy is not even a muslim. How ignorant and close minded can you be?
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by: Guillermo Saavedra
April 19, 2013 8:18 PM
Go ahead and define it then, 'Islamic evil' or 'Muslim incursion.' Are you talking all Muslims?

by: Dr. Vladimir Kulanzarov from: Russia
April 19, 2013 11:21 AM
I just want to tell America that Russia was seeking for long time closer ties with US/Israel confronting Islamic terrorism in our region. Islamic Terrorism is a global phenomena requiring a global coordination - American have no clue what is going on in link Chechnya, Albania and Saudi Arabia. I know Russia is not a liberal democracy like US/Israel but we are suffering from the same Islamic terrorism here.

by: Svetlana from: Russia
April 19, 2013 10:59 AM
A much greater coordination is needed between Russia and the US in confronting Islamic terrorism.
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by: Josh from: USA
April 19, 2013 8:09 PM
Why aren't people complaining about the unconstitutional violations of American civil rights, including locking down the entire city and house to house searches?

Russia may not be a liberal democracy, but I am not convinced that the U.S. is all that democratic at times either.

by: NVO from: USA
April 19, 2013 10:24 AM
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack, with authorities struggling to retain a coherent official narrative in the face of photos which show numerous unidentified identically dressed men wearing black backpacks at the scene of the blast, it’s necessary to revisit the evidence of why government should be the very first suspect in the event of any terrorist atrocity.

False flag terrorism – attacks manufactured or provocateured by governments and then blamed on other groups – is a tactic that stretches back almost 2,000 years.
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by: Serge Baruch
April 19, 2013 8:22 PM
Yeah mate... and pigs can fly.
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by: duh
April 19, 2013 8:14 PM
Why would false suspects have grenades and firearms loaded with ammunition and run from capture?
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by: Jake from: USA
April 19, 2013 8:10 PM
I think you're the one struggling to process all the information that's been put out there by the peanut gallery. Regardless of who inspired them - they did indeed do it or the 'two nice kids' wouldn't have started on a robbery and murder spree. They would have gone and talked to the cops just like the other kid that was in photos on conspiracy wanna be reporter sites had to do.
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