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1 Boston Bombing Suspect Dead, Police Search for Other

Police on School and Walnut Street as the search continues for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Police on School and Walnut Street as the search continues for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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Police in the northeastern U.S. state of Massachusetts are conducting a massive manhunt for one of the suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, after killing the other one in a shootout late Thursday.

Authorities say the "white hat" suspect from the marathon bombings, known as Suspect 2, is on the loose and is "armed and dangerous." Police are warning residents of Watertown, about eight kilometers from Boston, to stay inside their homes and refrain from answering the door to anyone but a police officer.  Police are going door-to-door in their search for the fugitive.

Chechen origin

US media are reporting the suspects are brothers of Chechen origin.  The Associated Press says they are from a Russian region near Chechnya.  The New York Times reports that authorities believe both suspects were Chechen.

U.S. media say the brothers were living legally in the United States, and that the suspect still at large is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.    

Officials say Suspect One, pictured in FBI photos in a black baseball cap, was fatally wounded in a gunfight with police late Thursday and died after being taken to the hospital.  The suspects threw explosives at police as they tried to escape.

VOA reporter Carolyn Presutti, who was near the scene, described the police operation as extensive.

Video: On the scene report

VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports from the scene of the Boston Manhunt for 'Suspect 2'i
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April 19, 2013 10:46 AM
It's been a busy overnight in the Boston area. One of the bombing suspects is dead another is still at large. It all started on the campus of MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that's where a police officer was shot and killed. Then police converged on this neighborhood, Watertown, Massachusetts, about 20 minutes outside of Boston. Here neighbors tell us they heard gunfire, they heard explosives in the street. Eventually one suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was the suspect in the black hat. The second suspect, the suspect with the backwards white cap, is still at large. Neighbors in this area are told to stay inside their homes and to not open the door to anyone. Reporting from Boston, Massachusetts, Carolyn Presutti, VOA News.

Authorities at Beth Israel Hospital say Suspect One arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest, with multiple gunshot wounds and signs of shrapnel injuries that could have come from an explosive blast.

On lockdown

Local public transportation has been suspended, all schools and universities are closed, some businesses are suspending operations, and police are asking people in some parts of Boston and its western suburbs to stay home Friday. Vehicles are not being allowed in or out of Watertown. Buses are evacuating area residents.

Officials say the two men accused in Monday's marathon bombings are also suspected of fatally shooting a campus police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology late Thursday before stealing a car and fleeing to Watertown. Authorities say the suspects threw explosives from the car as police pursued them.

Officials say Suspect 1, pictured in FBI photos in a black baseball cap, was fatally wounded in a shootout with police and died after being taken to the hospital. Authorities at Beth Israel Hospital say the suspect arrived in cardiac arrest, with multiple gunshot wounds and signs of shrapnel injuries that could have come from an explosive blast.

FBI releases photos, video

On Thursday, the FBI released photographs and videotape of the two suspects taken Monday around the time of the Boston Marathon bombing. They labeled the suspect in a black baseball cap "Suspect 1" and the suspect in a white baseball cap turned backwards, "Suspect 2." A subsequent photo of Suspect 2, taken Thursday at a convenience store, shows him in a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Monday's twin bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy and a Chinese-born graduate student. More than 170 people were injured. Some of them lost their legs.


Photo Gallery: Manhunt for Suspect

  • 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: Robert Ezergailis from: Canada
April 19, 2013 12:13 PM
Media reports on what reporters have been able to find out about the alleged bombers implies an Al Qaeda connection. If that is proven true by the investigators, it would indicate that the motive is more likely to be Al Qaeda's desire to prove that it is far more threatening to United States internal and external security than some in the intelligence community have recently been proclaiming. Also implying that Al Qaeda has more freedom of influence and action within the borders of the continental United States than United States Homeland Security gives it credit for.

It is in fact those very same media proclamations of reduction in threat from Al Qaeda, and as to the successes scored against Al Qaeda, that could have triggered the scenario that we have witnessed occurring in Boston. Particularly as there do not seem to be any specific and clear connections with any specific foreign power where the United States has any current involvement or disagreement. Unless some startling new facts are uncovered by the investigators, it is difficult to find adequate motive outside of an Al Qaeda connection.

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