Boston suspect strapped with bombs

2013-04-19 14:04
Metro Swat members prepare to search a neighbourhood for one remaining suspect wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon blasts in Watertown. (Darren McCollester, Getty Images/AFP)

Metro Swat members prepare to search a neighbourhood for one remaining suspect wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon blasts in Watertown. (Darren McCollester, Getty Images/AFP)

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Cops hunt second Boston suspect

2013-04-19 14:13

One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing has died in hospital and police are searching for another who is at large in Boston.WATCH

Watertown - Police said the first suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings killed in a car chase had explosives on his body, and there were fears the second suspect still at large was also strapped with bombs.

Police killed one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in a shootout early on Friday and pursued a chaotic street-to-street manhunt for the second, officials said.

NBC News reported that the two young men believed to be responsible for Monday's carnage at the finish line of the prestigious race are brothers of Chechen origin, who were permanent legal residents of the United States.

The two men, dubbed "Suspect One" and "Suspect Two" by the FBI, led police on a violent cavalcade that left inhabitants of towns around Boston cowering in their homes as gunfire and explosions erupted through the night.

The city and its immediate suburbs were effectively shut down, with public transport suspended throughout the region and all schools closed as police chased the second suspect, identified by NBC as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

One police officer was killed and another wounded in the operation, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said, confirming that the dead man was Suspect One as labelled in photos released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Armed and dangerous

The man died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds and an injury in an explosion, a doctor at Beth Israel hospital told reporters.

The surviving fugitive was "armed and dangerous," Davis said. "We believe this to be a terrorist, we believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people," the city police chief told reporters.


The suspects first tried to rob a convenience store late Thursday in Cambridge, across the river from Boston, Davis said.

They then proceeded to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world's top universities, where one campus police officer was shot dead, the commissioner added.

The pair then hijacked a Mercedes car and eventually let the driver out in Watertown, which is close to MIT, Davis added.

The chase went on through Watertown where the two were seen throwing explosives out of the car, local media said, citing police reports. Blasts and gunfire were heard in several districts.

Police flood Boston streets

During a shootout, the first suspect was shot and killed, Davis said. Another police officer was also wounded. The second suspect, who has been shown in pictures wearing a white baseball cap, managed to escape.

Police with rifles flooded the streets of Boston, and search helicopters patrolled the skies. Sirens blared across the city as bomb squads carried out house to house searches.

The double bomb attack in Boston, which sent a hail of nails and shrapnel into a crowd of thousands at the end of the marathon, was the worst terror assault on the United States since the 11 September 2001 suicide airliner attacks.

Just hours before the chaotic manhunt unfolded, the FBI on Thursday released pictures and video of the two suspects, appealing for help to identify the pair, who were carrying large backpacks.

Both appeared to be young men, one dressed in a white baseball cap and the other in a black cap. The FBI gave no details of their identities or origin, naming them only as Suspect One and Suspect Two.

The men are seen in the video walking calmly, one a few paces behind the other, weaving between crowds on Boston's Boylston Street where the race finished.

Emotional tributes


President Barack Obama vowed to the people of Boston ON Thursday that the "evil" bombers would be brought to justice.

"Yes, we will find you, and yes, you will face justice," Obama said at a special service at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

"We will find you, we will hold you accountable," he told a congregation of 2 000, including relatives of the dead, survivors of the blasts, rescuers and city leaders.

"If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorise us," Obama said, then "it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it."

Boston has held emotional tributes to the dead - 8-year-old Martin Richard, Boston University graduate student Lu Lingzi of China and Krystle Campbell, a restaurant manager. Obama paid tribute to all three at the service.

More than 100 of the wounded have left Boston hospitals and fewer than 10 of those still in hospital remain in critical condition. Some will require new operations, doctors said.

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