US seeks answers from remaining bomber

2013-04-21 17:31
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Boston - Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remained in serious condition in a Boston hospital on Sunday unable to answer questions on the devastating attack, officials said.

Investigators released stunning images of Tsarnaev's final moments of freedom, slumbering wounded in a boat in a suburban backyard.

They are also stepping up inquiries into a trip to Muslim regions of Russia taken by his accomplice brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The 19-year-old is "serious but stable," Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick told reporters.

"I think he's not able to communicate yet."

US media said Tsarnaev suffered a throat wound during his cavalcade which ended late on Friday after a massive manhunt in which Tamerlan was killed.

Despite the throat wound, Tsarnaev cursed profusely in the ambulance ride to the hospital after his arrest, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday, citing an FBI source.

The Tsarnaev brothers are the main suspects in the double bomb attack on the Boston Marathon which killed three people and wounded about 180.

A policeman was killed and another was left fighting for his life after gunbattles during the hunt.

Patrick said he hoped the teenager survived.

"We have a million questions and those questions need to be answered," he added.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was under armed guard at a hospital where some victims of the bombings are also being treated.

Counter-terrorism agents trained in interrogating "high-value" detainees were waiting to question him, said a law official.

Prosecutors were also at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Cambridge, just outside Boston, working out charges.

Media reports say authorities did not read Tsarnaev his normal rights to see a lawyer or stay when he was captured, invoking a special exception for security reasons.

That has left US authorities facing tough decisions over how to handle the investigation and any trial.

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have led calls for the teenager to be declared an "enemy combatant," which would give him the same status as Guantanamo "war on terror" detainees.

The Tsarnaev family are ethnic Chechens who moved to the United States from the former Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan around 2002.

Media reports say Tamerlan Tsarnaev became a fervent Muslim in recent years.

Much focus is now being put on his six month trip to the Russian region of Dagestan last year.

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed during telephone talks on Saturday to increase cooperation against international terrorism, the Kremlin and White House said.

The FBI acknowledged on Friday that an unnamed foreign government, reportedly Russia, asked for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011.

The FBI interviewed the man but said it had found no "derogatory" information.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in one gunbattle.

 His brother was also hit but escaped.

Watertown police chief Edward Deveau said the pair had at least six bombs with them while they were being chased and that Dzhokhar had driven over his brother as he escaped.

Fifty-eight of the victims from the bomb attack are still in Boston hospitals, with three in critical condition.

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