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Live: Bombing suspect Dzhokar's Twitter account revealed, aunt claims he's innocent

by Arun George  Apr 20, 2013 00:20 IST

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12:00 pm: Twitter account of Dzohkar revealed

The Washington Post quoted
two classmates of the missing 19-year-old as saying that his Twitter account is @J_tsar

A quick glance of his micro-blogging profile reveals nothing out of the ordinary, except for a love for comedians who tweet. Here are some sample tweets:

11.00: Aunt of the two suspects says they may be being set up

The aunt of the two boys spoke with the media in Toronto, Canada where she said that she couldn't believe that her two nephews were behind the Boston marathon bombings or the shootout in which one of them was killed.

She also alleged that they may be being framed despite not being involved in the bombing or the subsequent attack.

"We're talking about three dead people, 100-something injured, and I do not believe, I just do not believe our boys would do that ... I don't know them in the way that they could be capable of this," Maret Tsarnaeva told reporters in Toronto.

She said her brother Anzor Tsarnaev had high expecations for his sons, especially 26-year-old Tamerlan.

She said her brother was desperate when he found out Tamerlan dropped out of his university. She said he always demanded more of his children and said Tamerlan was his favorite.

Tamerlan married and had a 3-year-old daughter in the U.S., she said.

"He has a wife in Boston and from a Christian family, so you can't tie it to religion," she said.

But she said Tamerlan "seemingly did not find himself yet in America, because it's not easy."

Tamerlan wasn't a devout practicing Muslim, "but just recently, maybe two years ago, he started praying five times a day," she said.

Tamerlan was killed Thursday night during a shootout with police, and a huge manhunt was under way in the Boston area for his brother.

Tsarnaeva called both boys smart and athletic, and she wants proof they are involved in the deadly bombing.

"Within the family, everything was perfect," she said. (AP)

10. 00 pm Thankful to people for staying indoors, says Governor Patrick

Speaking at a press briefing, Governor Deval Patrick said he was thankful to the people of Watertown for helping investigators and urged them to continue to stay indoors.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino also lauded the efforts of the residents saying: We're going to get through this, we are a strong city."

Police Superintendent of Massachusetts said they have several new leads over the last hour and they were working on them.

8.45 pm One of the uncle's Ruslan Tsarni of the suspects is giving a live conference. He says no connection to Islam, Religion is a fraud. However he admits somebody could have radicalised them. The only explanation for this is that they were losers. 'My brother (the boys' father) has spent his life trying to help his children."

He says his own family has nothing to with his brother's family. "My family has been away from them."

He insists that 'being losers' could be a reason for why they chose violence. The family had received asylum in the United States.

He says that Dzhokar has shamed Chechnya, and its people. He should turn himself in if he is alive and ask for forgiveness for his crimes.

The uncle seems to be clarifying the 'losers' remark and says that the people who radicalised them were losers.

8.43 pm Police are expected to give a media briefing soon on the ongoing manhunt for the the suspects in the Boston bombings.

Meanwhile the father of the boys has spoken to Associated Press and said that, “My son is a true angel. Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the US. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.” You can view the full report here. 8.10 pm: It seems that the Police have found the vehicle in connection with the bombing. However the car was empty reports the Boston Globe.

 

 

 

It seems that there is a suspect down in one part of Watertown. According to NBC, Police are asking the press to move away from a vehicle which is surrounded by the officers. The Police have not given reasons why the media is being asked to move away.

How the manhunt unfolded in Boston:

 

8. 05 pm: Police are currently at the home of the bombers. According to NBC, the police are exercising caution as there's a fear that the house could have been wired with explosives.  It's not clear if the suspect is at the house.

7.45 pm: The Police are on the lookout for a Honda CRV reports the Boston Globe.

 

The hunt for the suspected bomber still continues. Meanwhile Mother Jones has reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder brother who was killed earlier today had posted an al-Qaeda video on YouTube. You can read the full report here.

7.30 pm: Suspect wearing an explosive vest?

According to a tweet by Boston Globe, Police believe that the suspect is wearing an explosive vest.

According to NBC, the reason for extreme security in the Watertown is that the authorities fear that the two brothers could have had accomplices who could be at the large. Of course, this is unconfirmed but the threat remains which is why police have ordered the lockdown in the city.

 

7:15 pm: Uncle of Tsarnaev brothers questioned, President Obama gets briefed

The uncle of the two suspects in the Boston bombing was questioned by the police even as the police continue to hunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, reported NBC.

Also President Barack Obama has been briefed on the developments in the matter.

7:00 pm: Police cordon off an area of Watertown, more accomplices involved?

Law enforcement agencies have cordoned off an area in Watertown that they believe may house one of the suspects in the Boston marathon bombing.

NBC reports that the Tsarnaev's may have more accomplices in Watertown and are presently on the lookout for them.

Police officials have appealed to media outlets to stop tweeting about areas cordoned off to prevent the absconding suspect from being alerted.

6:35 pm: Dzhokar was a nice, shy guy says girl who went to school with him

NBC managed to get hold of Sierra Schwartz who studied in the same high school as the prime suspect in the Boston marathon bombing and the picture she paints of him isn't one you'd associate with a man law enforcement agencies are scouring Boston for.

According to the 20-year-old, Tsarnaev was a "very normal student" and she said the news had come as an incredible shock to everyone who knew him.

"He was a nice guy, shy....He was funny and i have friends who were friends with them," Schwartz told NBC, contradicting the anchor when asked if he was a loner.

"He was on the wrestling team," she said.

However, she said she never knew that he had a brother.

Another person who knew Dzhokar said that "he was a beautiful young man"  and had a Cambridge city scholarship.

"No one can believe it is this young man," journalist Robin Young said.

He's been here from longer than a year and went through the school system here, she said.

6:20 pm: Two persons taken into custody in Watertown

NBC reports that two persons have been taken into custody but it isn't clear if they are suspects and the channel reported that they are not under arrest.

Meanwhile another photo of Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been released:

 

6:15 pm: Name of second slain Boston bombing suspect confirmed

A U.S. law enforcement official and the uncle of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are confirming that the name of the second suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight.

Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, confirmed the bomb suspects were brothers. One of the officials and the men's uncle confirmed the identity of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Maryland, told The Associated Press that the men lived together near Boston and have been in the United States for about a decade. They traveled here together from the Russian region near Chechnya. (AP)

6:00 pm: Boston bombing suspect's whereabouts may be known

NBC reports that there is a third suspect in custody presently.

The channel reports that law enforcement officials may know where the Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev is but are still waiting to take him into custody.

According to the NBC report, there may be a relative of the suspect who has been also making threats to law enforcement agencies which is why they haven't attempted to take Tsarnaev into custody yet.

Law enforcement agencies have also cordoned off a house in Watertown with military and police officials in tactical gear surrounding it. Why they have done this isn't clear.

5:45 pm: Photo essay of Boston bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, emerges

As everyone hunts for something that helps understand why the Tsarnevs are accused of bombing the Boston marathon, there's a photo essay by photographer Johannes Hirn on the Russia-born pugilist.

Whether its the same Tsarnaev isn't clear presently but many see it as the photo essay titled ' Will Box for Passport' as a portrait of the alleged Boston marathon bomber.

In captions that quote Tsarnaev recount his experiences in the US and in boxing:

Originally from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years, Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."

Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition.

Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee.

If he wins enough fights... Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.

Tamerlan says he doesn't drink or smoke anymore: "God said no alcohol." A muslim, he says: "There are no values anymore," and worries that "people can't control themselves."

5:30 pm: Boston officials ask people to remain in their homes

There's still no update on the second suspect in the Boston bombing as law enforcement officials continue the manhunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston bombing.

People across Boston have been advised to stay at home, lock their doors and not open their doors unless its a identified law enforcement official. Must be a pretty scary time to be a Boston resident with what a NBC commentator called a "Tier 1 terrorist or a bomb-chucker" on the loose.

5:15 pm: Social media profile of Dzhokar Tsarnev

Here's a social media profile that allegedly belongs to the surviving suspect in the Boston bombing who is currently on the run.

If you're Russian's good enough, please help. Google Translate says the language's Slovenian, though frankly its all Greek to me.

5:10 pm: Killed suspect also identified?

NBC reports that law enforcement agencies have clarified that the slain Boston bombing suspect has been identified as a 20-year-old Tamerlan Tzarnev and was born in Russia before becoming a permanent resident of the US.

His brother Dzhokar was also born in Russia before moving to US.

In chilling details, NBC also reports that while attempting to flee from law enforcement officials when he was surrounded by them, Dzhokar apparently ran over his brother's body which had fallen out of the SUV they had hijacked.

5:05 pm: Third accomplice arrested, two suspects identified on basis of driver license?

NPR is reporting that the two suspects have been identified on the basis of the driving license found in the possession of the slain Boston bombing suspect.

A third man has been arrested and is being called an accomplice, but isn't a suspect, reports NPR's Dina Temple-Raston.

4:55 pm: The two suspects are aged 19 and 20 years respectively, motive for bombing unknown

The two suspects in the Boston bombing are suspected to be 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and his unidentified 20-year-old brother, reports the Washington Post.

The two are believed to be from Chechnya and are legal permanent residents of the US, according to reports.

The alleged motive for the two young men bombing the Boston Marathon: unknown.

The newspaper also reported that a spokesman for state police has said that Norfolk St. in Cambridge is shutting down and there is "a possibility the suspect is there".

 

Will this mean an end to the night-long manhunt in Watertown? Watch this space.

4:44 pm: Officials now searching homes door to door

As officials search homes door to door, here's a photo of how they're hunting through every location for the lone suspect in the Boston bombing:

 

4:30 pm: Man who takes photo of Boston bombing contacted by FBI after he photographs suspect

A man who was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when he took a  photograph of the blast, inadvertently photographed the person who is suspected to be the sole surviving suspect in the case.

The New York Times documents how David Green who took a photo inadvertently aided the FBI with a photograph of the suspect as he fled from the scene of the blasts:

Mr. Green, who runs a sportswear company in Florida, confirmed that the picture was genuine, and that the F.B.I. had contacted him and requested a copy. “I have spoken to several agents,” Mr. Green said, “and they have got the photos, they are picking up material from me, and I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

Agents had told him, he said, that his picture was the best they had, because it was taken from a better camera than the others that were posted.

Mr. Green does not remember noticing the man in the white hat. He had, instead, called the F.B.I. earlier in the week to report another man, who was standing still and yelling instead of running.

Read the complete NYT piece here

4:05 pm: Boston bombing suspects were from Russia near Chechnya

An Associated Press alert has stated that the Boston bomb suspects are from Russia from the region near Chechnya and lived in US at least 1 year.

The Boston bomb suspect who is still being searched for has been identified as 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, reported AP.

"The two suspects are believed to be from Chechnya or Turkey. The two men are not students, are legal permanent residents of the US," reported CBS News.

NBC meanwhile reported that the two suspects are allegedly brothers.

3:20 pm: Boston areas shut down, public transport shut down

Boston authorities have announced that four areas in and around Watertown will remain completely shut and public transport will be shut down until the second suspect in the Boston blasts and Watertown shootout. Universities like MIT and Boston University are shut for the day as police continue the manhunt.

 

 

2:50 pm: Dead Boston marathon suspect had explosive-related injuries on body, says hospital

The hospital where the sole suspect in the shootout was taken has said that he has suffered a significant amount of trauma. He died despite their best efforts to save his life, they said.

The hospital however did confirm that the suspect did have injuries that were consistent with being the victim of a blast.

The doctors said that he had heat injuries, and shrapnel embedded in his body indicating that he had been the victim of a blast. They, however, refused to confirm whether the identity of the suspect.

The doctors also refused to confirm whether the police had managed to speak with the suspect before he passed away.

2:25 pm : MIT confirms that suspicious package is not an explosive

The university has clarified that there is no threat due to the suspicious package found in the MIT campus area:

2:10  pm: Suspicious package found on MIT campus

Hours after the dramatic chase and killing of one of the suspects a suspicious package has been found in the MIT campus:

 

1:50 pm: Missing suspect matches the description of the second suspect in the Boston marathon blasts

A Boston police official has confirmed that the suspect on the run in the Watertown shooting is the same person who is suspected of being involved in the Boston marathon bombings.

"We are looking for an individual whose description is consistent with the suspect in the Boston marathon bombings, who was wearing a white cap," the official said.

The other suspect was shot during the pursuit of the duo from the MIT campus. While the police chief has confirmed the death of the suspect, the police official refused to comment on whether he was alive or dead.

"We are not prepared to reveal identification of the suspects presently," the official said.

Police officials also described the chase from the MIT campus into Watertown, during the course of which "several explosive devices" were discharged.

One of the suspects reportedly had an explosive device on his person which exploded when he was taken into custody.

This is what a police official had to say about the suspect:

 

This incidentally is what the second suspect in the Watertown shooting who is also involved in the Boston blasts looks like:

1:40 pm: Boston police commissioner says one suspect is dead and another is on the loose

Ed Davis, Boston's police commissioner has confirmed that one of the two suspects involved in the Watertown shootout is dead:

1:15 pm : Watertown still in lockdown as police officials search for suspect

Police continue to hunt for the second suspect who is still on the run after the shooting in MIT and Watertown. There's still no confirmation on the identity of the shooter and whether missing Indian-origin student Sunil Tripathi is in any way involved.

However, the police had advised residents of the town to stay indoors until the issue is resolved:

12:50 pm: Police officials find explosives and pressure cooker at scene of Watertown shooting

It's still not confirmed incidentally that the missing student Sunil Tripathi is in any way involved in the shootings at Watertown.

12:35 pm: Indian American allegedly among the suspects in Watertown shooting, who is Sunil Tripathi?

One of the two suspects involved in the Watertown shooting may be of Indian origin and could be one Sunil Tripathi:

https://twitter.com/DougSaunders/status/325140691925729280

Sunil Tripathi is a Brown University student who went missing from his student's apartment in Pennsylvania on 16 March without taking his wallet and phone and since been missing.

Tripathi was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans, a black Eastern Mountain Sports ski jacket, glasses and a Philadelphia Eagles wool hat.

While his parents and relatives launched a search for him, they also created a Facebook page. (Read an ABC report of him going missing here)

Here's a Tumblr blog that had been started by his family after he went missing.

However, please note that all the reports linking Tripathi's involvement in the shooting and anything else are purely speculative presently. A police scanner is no verification of identity.

12:25 pm: Closeup shots of marathon bomb suspects released, is one of them in Watertown?

12:05 pm: FBI says too early to link shootout to the blasts

The FBI has said they are still trying to establish if there is a connection between the shootout and the blasts in the marathon:

12:00 pm: Boston Globe claims suspects in Watertown shootout linked to blasts

Quoting an unnamed official investigating the blasts, the Boston Globe reports that the two persons involved in the shootout in Watertown may be linked to the marathon blasts on Monday.

11: 50 am: Reports of more shots being fired

12:15 pm: Videos of shootout

Many people have uploaded videos of the shootout in Watertown. Here are some of them:

11:45 am: One suspect reportedly fled in SUV after throwing explosive

A witness to the incident, 29-year-old Andrew Kitzenburg, has told the New York Times about how he saw two men of "slight build in jackets" firing at police officers from behind a black Mercedes SUV.

The New York Times reports:

A police SUV “drove towards the shooters,” he said, and was shot at until it was severely damaged. It rolled out of control, Mr. Kitzenberg said, and crashed into two cars in his driveway.

The two shooters, he said, had a large and unwieldy bomb. “They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most.” It exploded, he said, and one of the two men ran towards the gathered police officers. He was tackled, but it was not clear if he was shot, Mr. Kitzenberg said.

The other, he said, got back into the SUV, turned it towards officers and “put the pedal to the metal.” The car “went right through the cops, broke right through and continued west.”

Read the New York Times report here

11:30 am: Suspect apprehended by police has been released, says report

One of the local television channels has reported that one of the persons apprehended by the police has been released since then.

MIT has already reportedly issued a statement saying that it is safe for students on campus to return to normal activities.

11:25 am: Image of man being apprehended by police in Watertown

A teacher at MIT has tweeted the image of a man being apprehended by the police:

A report said that the person apprehended by the police matched the description of the suspect involved in the security officer's shooting in MIT .

Police officials, however, remain uncertain whether there is a link between the shooting in MIT and Watertown or if there is any link with the Boston Marathon.

11:00 am: One suspect apprehended in Watertown in Boston, FBI in MIT

CNN reports that the police has apprehended in Watertown in Boston and the FBI is presently at the MIT campus investigating the shooting there earlier today.

The WCVD news channel said that there was one suspect who is reported to be in custody. Another suspect remains on the loose.

It is unknown if this latest incident involves the security officer's killing in the MIT campus or the suspects involved with the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

10:45 am: Scene of gunbattle in Watertown

The Boston Globe described the scene at Watertown:

Dozens of police officers descended on Watertown Square after midnight. Separately, MIT’s website reported just after 1 a.m. the suspect in the university officer’s shooting remained at large.

FBI agents were on the scene in Watertown. “This is still extremely dangerous,” an FBI agent said.

A man in handcuffs was being questioned by the FBI in the back of an ambulance.

At Arsenal Court and Arsenal Street in Watertown, an officer bellowed: “Ya gotta get outta here. There’s an active shooter here with an active explosive. Go!”

(read more here)

10 :00 am: Police official shot multiple times when responding to a call

AP

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Gunshots were heard near a building on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the school said on its website on Thursday.

Authorities say a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has died from injuries in a shooting on the campus outside Boston.

Cambridge police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office says the officer was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was shot multiple times. He later died at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

Earlier, Huffington Post had quoted Local news affiliate WCVB-TV as saying that an MIT police officer was shot on campus around 10:30 p.m. The Boston Globe’s MetroDesk blog confirmed the report of an officer down, after speaking to a Cambridge Police dispatcher.

The police officer reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting, and was taken to an area hospital, a State Police spokesman told The Globe.

The shots “were reported near Building 32 … which is currently surrounded by responding agencies,” according to a statement on the MIT website for emergency information.

Representatives for local police agencies could not immediately be reached for comment.