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Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston locked down as overnight manhunt for Boston bomber continues

NBC News: Boston and its suburbs, universities and transit system were on total lockdown Friday as police hunted for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — on the loose after his accomplice brother was killed in a stunning chain of events that left one cop dead and another injured, officials said.

Authorities were confronting a double-edged nightmare: a ruthless killer at large in a densely populated area after a wild chase and firefights, and the possibility of other bombs. An explosive was found in Boston and disabled, an official said.

A possible associate of the brothers was also being sought.

Two unidentified people were taken into custody at the Cambridge, Mass., home where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan grew up, but they were not being described as additional suspects. Three dozen FBI agents were surrounding the house.
“There is a massive manhunt under way,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. “We are asking people to shelter in place.”

Earlier reporting linking a missing Brown University student to the at-large suspect seems to have been based on “scanner chatter” and were, obviously, incorrect. The brothers were reportedly originally from Chechenya, but grew up in the US.

Reuters is reporting, “Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site.”

[photo released by FBI]

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