US: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 2nd Boston Marathon bomb suspect captured alive, wounded – 200413 0700z


(Photo: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been taken to hospital with serious injuries

Boston Bombings: Second Suspect In Custody

“The second Boston bombing suspect has been captured after he was found hiding in a boat parked in a suburban backyard.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was already wounded from an earlier shootout, exchanged gunfire with police for an hour while holed up in the boat in the neighbourhood ofWatertown.

The dramatic stand-off ended with the 19-year-old being given first aid on the lawn next to the boat before he was taken away in an ambulance.

Dzhokhar remains in “serious condition” at Beth Israel Deaconess hospital,said Boston police commissioner Ed Davis.

Swat teams surrounded the boat after a tip-off from a resident who noticed blood on it, Mr Davis said.

The man lifted the cover of the boat, saw the teenager covered in blood and alerted police.

A police helicopter then used infra-red equipment to confirm there was a human inside the boat.

Dzhokharhad been on the run since his 26-year-old brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev – known as suspect number one – was killed in a shoot-out with police in the early hours of Friday.

The brothers were believed to be behind Monday’s twin explosions at the Boston Marathon which left three people dead and around 180 wounded.

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During their getaway attempt, they killed Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman Sean Collier and severely wounded another officer, authorities said.

A crowd of residents cheered as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev- known as suspect number two – was taken into custody, and the celebrations continued into the night in the city’s streets.

Mayor Tom Menino said on Twitter: “We got him”.

Boston Police tweeted: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”

The family of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the bombings, released a statement praising police.

“Tonight, our family applauds the entire law enforcement community for a job well done, and trust that our justice system will now do its job,” the family said.

Members of the public cheer as police officers leave the scene where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody in Watertown
Residents cheered after the suspect was caught

Martin’s mother also sustained brain injuries and his sister lost a leg in the blast.

US President Barack Obama told a news conference the suspect’s capture “closed an important chapter in this tragedy”.

But he said there were still many unanswered questions about the marathon bombings, including whether the two men had help from others.

As Dzhokhar was being captured, three people in New Bedford, Massachusetts, were also takeninto custody for questioning over the blasts.

Lieutenant Robert Richard said two men and a woman were being questioned by the FBI “on theassumption there is an affiliation with suspect number two”.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interviewed by the FBI in 2011

Dzhokhar’s capture came at the end of a tumultuous all-day manhunt and house-to-house search by thousands of elite police officers.

As night fell, police announced that they were scaling back the hunt and they had so far come up empty-handed.

But shortly after that statement, a break came in Watertownwhen the homeowner – who had been indoors all day due to the manhunt – saw the blood on his boat.

The vessel had not been searched before because it was outside of the police perimeter set up during the search.

Residents clear out of their homes as police officers search house to house for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in a neighborhood of Watertown
Thousands of officers combed the streets of Boston for Dzhokhar

It has also been revealed thatTamerlanattracted the attention of US authorities two years ago.

The FBI said its agents interviewed him in 2011 at the request of a foreign government, but that the investigation found “no derogatory information”, according to an official.

The FBI declined to identify the country involved or the nature of the probe.

The brothers moved to the US a decade ago from a Russian region near Chechnya and had been living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as legal permanent residents.

Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, told reporters in Russia that he believed his sons had been framed and described the killing of Tamerlan as “cowardly”.

Maret Tsarnaeva, the men’s aunt, said Tamerlan had recently become a devout Muslim who prayed five times a day.

Speaking to reporters at her home in Toronto, Canada, she also said the older brother was married and had a daughter in the US.” – Sky News

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Video: Second Boston bomber suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, in custody – moment the police announce his capture over police scanner.

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Video: Resident Robin Dumas talks about suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding out in her neighbourhood.

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Video: Amateur video captured the tense moments as authorities swarmed a neighborhood where 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was hiding.

‘We Got Him’

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The Boston Globe

WATERTOWN Four days after two deadly explosions turned the finish line of the Boston Marathon into a scene of bloody chaos, the 19-year-old college student believed to be responsible for placing the bombs was taken into custody tonight, bringing a sense of relief and justice to a shaken region.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev of Cambridge was pulled from his hiding place in a boat parked behind a house on Franklin Street shortly before 8:45 p.m. in this community just outside Boston.

We are eternally grateful for the outcome here tonight. We have a suspect in custody, said Colonel Timothy Alben, commander of the State Police. Were so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case.

Its a night where I think were all going to rest easy, Governor Deval Patrick said at a news conference in Watertown.

With the second suspect in the case, Tsarnaevs brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, fatally shot in a gun battle with police early this morning, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said, citizens can be confident that the threat has been removed.

President Obama, speaking at the White House tonight, said, Weve closed an important chapter in this tragedy. But he also said there were still many unanswered questions and said the FBI would thoroughly investigate.

Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, who exchanged gunfire with police from the boat, was rushed to a local hospital, where he was in serious condition, Davis said.

Police had approached him cautiously, worried that he might be wearing a suicide bomb vest.

We got him, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino tweeted immediately afterwards. He took to the police radio to thank officers personally, telling them, Good job, guys!

The apprehension of Tsarnaev was the latest stunning development in a day of mayhem that had shocked the city, even as it was still reeling from Mondays Marathon attacks. An MIT police officer was killed, assassinated, Thursday night in Cambridge. Then a carjacking was reported. Officers pursued the car, which turned out to contain the two Tsarnaevs, who threw explosives at them.

The elder brother was shot by police early Friday in a gun battle in Watertown, in which fficials said they wielded improvised explosive devices and homemade grenades. Dzhokhan Tsarnaev was so desperate to escape he ran over his brother as he lay wounded. He later abandoned the car in Watertown and fled on foot, disappearing from sight.

Law enforcement mobilized, sending legions of heavily-armed police officers to search a 20-block area of the community. At the same time, Governor Deval Patrick took an unprecedented security step, asking people in Boston, Watertown, and several other nearby communities totaling a million people to shelter in place stay at home behind locked doors and open up only to police officers with proper identification.

Government and business offices closed as police cars zoomed on mysterious errands on deserted streets. The Red Sox and Bruins games were canceled, as well as the Big Apple Circus. Amtrak was shut down from Boston to Providence, as well as the MBTA, the Boston areas public transit system. The region came to a standstill.

Then, at 6 p.m., officials held another news conference to say that despite the massive manhunt, they had come up empty. The suspect had slipped outside their perimeter. Officials said they remained determined to find him, however, and that they believed he was somewhere still in Massachusetts. Patrick dropped his request for people to shelter in place and ordered the MBTA to resume service.

The dramatic finale came less than an hour after the news conference was over. A resident of Watertown came out of his house and noticed blood on his boat and that the tarp covering it was ripped. He lifted the tarp and saw a bloody form. He called police, who raced to the scene and exchanged gunfire with Tsarnaev, said Davis, the Boston commissioner

Police surrounded the boat and there was a standoff for about an hour and a half. A State Police helicopter peeked at him from above, using a special infrared camera. Police deployed flash bang grenades to stun and distract him, Davis said. Police were cautious in their approach, concerned that Tsarnaev could be wearing a suicide bomb vest.

A Globe photographer at the scene could hear police calling, We know youre in there. Come out on your own terms. Come out with your hands up.

An FBI hostage rescue team was eventually able to pull him out.

In yet another twist in the story, New Bedford police said this evening that three people had been taken into custody in their city as part of the bombing investigation.

New Bedford Police Lieutenant Robert Richard said his department assisted federal investigators in executing a search warrant at a home on Carriage Drive, about 10 minutes from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where Tsarnaev was a student.

MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, who was fatally shot while sitting in his cruiser near Main and Vassar streets in Cambridge, in what Davis called an assassination, was remembered as a brave and devoted officer.

MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard H. Donahue Jr., 33, who was shot as officers pursued the Tsarnaevs into Watertown, was in critical but stable condition at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

Scott Helman, Marcella Bombardieri, Brian MacQuarrie, Martine Powers, and Maria Sacchetti of the Globe staff and Globe correspondents Todd Feathers, Lauren Dezenski, Jeremy C. Fox, Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, Jaclyn Reiss, and Gal Tziperman Lotan contributed to this report.” – Boston Globe


“Thank God for Boston Marathon Bombs!” – Westboro Baptist Church says after at least 3 killed and 140 injured in terror attack – 160413 0915z

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“Westboro Baptist Church threatens to picket funerals of those slain at the Boston Marathon

Adding insult to already grave injury, members of the Westboro Baptist Church have threatened to picket funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon blasts.

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Today has been a day that has tried the soul of a city.

In the hours since the two explosions rocked the streets of Boston, messages of love and support have saturated the internet but these inspiring and compassionate posts were not universal.

In fact, the commentary streaming across the Twitter feed of the Westboro Baptist Church was both hostile and hateful.

The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas,is a small, virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group that regularly stages protestsor pickets institutions and individuals they think support homosexuality or otherwise subvert what they believe is Gods law.

WBC even protested the funerals of children who were slain in the horrific Newtown shootings this past December.

Given their history, perhaps it should come as no surprise that members of the Westboro Baptist Church have vowed to picket the funerals of those killed at the Boston Marathon today.

In one tweet, the church wrote, God sent the Boston Marathon Bombs for the sin of Massachusetts passing same-sex marriage!

Following the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Westboro Baptist Church took to Twitter and claims it will picket the funerals of the bombing victims.” –

  1. BREAKING: Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals of those dead by Boston Bombs!

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Margie Phelps, daughter of church founder and leader Fred Phelps, tweeted Monday that the bombing was punishment for gay marriage. God doesnt hear the prayers of proud pushers of #SSM (same-sex marriage).

You marry f*gs, God sends mayhem, she added.

The Westboro Baptist Church has its own Twitter account and used their platform to request Boston change its name.

WBC is starting campaign to re-name F*g-infested Boston to Magormissabib, meaning terror all around. Jer20:3#ThankGod4TheTerrorOfTheLord, the tweet said.

Another one of the churchs tweets read, God sent the Boston Marathon Bombs for the sin of Massachusetts passing same-sex marriage!

Two bombs went off in Boston around 2:50 p.m. at the finish line. Another two bombs were found along the running route but did not detonate. No one has taken responsibility, but the Obama administration is calling the explosion on Monday an act of terror.

CNN reported there are three dead and more than 140 injured, with 17 in critical condition. Many of the patients will require serial operations in the following days to help heal their wounds. ” –

“The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an American independent Baptist church known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people.[2][3] The church is widely described as a hate group[4] and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. It is headed by Fred Phelps and consists primarily of members of his large family;[5] in 2011, the church stated that it had about 40 members.[1] The church is headquartered in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Topeka about three miles (5km) west of the Kansas State Capitol. Its first public service was held on the afternoon of November 27, 1955.[6]

The church has been actively involved in actions against gay people since at least 1991, when it sought a crackdown on homosexual activity at Gage Park six blocks northwest of the church.[7] In addition to conducting anti-gay protests at military funerals, the organization pickets other celebrity funerals and public events that are likely to get it media attention.[8] Protests have also been held against Jews and some protests have included WBC members stomping on the American flag.

The WBC is not affiliated with any Baptist denomination, including the two largest Baptist denominations, the Baptist World Alliance or the Southern Baptist Convention, both of which have denounced the WBC over the years.[9] The church describes itself as following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles.” –

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Funerals Of Boston Marathon Victims

If there were a WBC in the UK tweeting the same homophobic & grossly offensive garbage, they would be prosecuted for hate crime offences – The WBC have their 1st Amendment right to vile speech and are protected in the US.

Snowstorm Nemo batters north-east US & Atlantic Canada – Massive blizzard dropped two feet of snow, 4 killed – 090213 1510z

Governors of four states have declared a state of emergency as forecasters say a massive blizzard is poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the Northeast.


Snow began falling Friday morning in some areas with the heaviest amounts expected to fall at night and into Saturday.

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 75 mph. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as the state braced for the storm.

As the storm gains strength it will bring “extremely dangerous conditions” with bands of snow dropping up to two to three inches per hour at the height of the blizzard, Patrick said.

Patrick ordered non-emergency state workers to stay home Friday and urged private employers to do the same.

Widespread power failures were feared, along with high tides and flooding in much of the coastal areas.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy declared a state of emergency and is asking all residents to limit travel.

Roads in the state will be subject to closure beginning at noon.

“People need to take this storm seriously. If current predictions are accurate, we will need people to stay off the roads so that emergency personnel and utility crews can get to the places they need to get to, and make sure that our plows can keep critical roadways clear,” Malloy said.

“Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also declared a state of emergency to give the government more flexibility in dealing with the snow and ice expected in the area. Cuomo says the weather will be bad, but the state has been through much worse.

In New England, it could prove to be among the top 10 snowstorms in history, and perhaps even break Boston’s record of 27.6 inches, set in 2003 forecasters said.

The last major snowfall in southern New England was well over a year ago, the Halloween storm of 2011.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency in Rhode Island as some areas of the state are predicted to get 2 feet of snow.

The governor urged residents to take “extreme caution” and stay off the roads.

More than 3,700 flights through Saturday have been canceled with disruptions from the blizzard certain to ripple across the U.S.

New York City’s three main airports, most domestic carriers planned to cease operations between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, resuming after noon on Saturday. At Boston’s Logan and other New England airports, most airlines were to cease operations between noon and 4 p.m. and would restart Saturday.

Amtrak said its Northeast trains will stop running Friday afternoon.

“This one doesn’t come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm,” Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass. said. “Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don’t plan on leaving.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said plows and 250,000 tons of salt were being put on standby as he urged residents to stay home Friday night.

“We hope forecasts are exaggerating the amount of snow, but you can never tell,” Bloomberg said.

New York City is expected to get between 10-15 inches of snow across its five boroughs.

Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of New Jersey and New York’s Long Island as well as portions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The warnings extended into New Hampshire and Maine.

In Whitman, a southeast Mass. town where up to 30 inches of snow is forecast, public work crews were cleaning crosswalk signs, trash barrels and anything else that might impeded plows later.

“We’ve had instances where they have predicted something big and it’s petered out,” Dennis Smith, a DPW worker said.

“I don’t think this is going to be one of those times.”

Diane Lopes was among the shoppers who packed a supermarket Thursday in the coastal fishing city of Gloucester, Mass. She said she went to a different grocery earlier in the day but it was too crowded. Lopes said she has strep throat and normally wouldn’t leave the house but had to stock up on basic foods — “and lots of wine.”

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News Reports

“A major snowstorm is hitting the north-eastern US and eastern Canada, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power and paralysing transport.

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and Maine are all on an emergency footing, with millions of residents being warned to stay indoors.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has temporarily banned all non-essential traffic on the state’s roads.

Meteorologists say the storm could be New England’s worst for decades.

Airlines cancelled more than 5,000 flights – including all those to and from the three major airports in New York City – and the train operator Amtrak has suspended nearly all services north of the city.


People have been warned to stay off the roads, and stock up on food and other supplies as the storm affects 25 million people in the region.

More than 600,000 homes and businesses are without power in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

A nuclear power station in Massachusetts also lost power and was forced to shut down. Back-up generators are operating equipment and there is no threat to the public, officials said.

Canadians on the Atlantic Coast are also bracing for blizzards after heavy snow fell on Ontario.

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are under blizzard or storm watches.

Ontario has already seen 200 vehicle accidents, the CBC reported. At least three people have been killed.

One US man in his 70s also died when he lost control of his vehicle in Poughkeepsie, New York.

‘Stay home’

Blizzard warnings are in effect for much of the coastal section of the north-eastern US, from Newark to southern Maine.

Forecasters said the storm could dump as much as three feet (90cm) of snow in some places as it hammered swathes of territory, with winds of up to 75mph (120km/h) expected to create deep drifts.

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Police in New York say hundreds of cars are stuck on the Long Island Expressway, with officers trying to help the drivers to safety.

Parts of Massachusetts were under two feet of snow, with more expected over the weekend.

“This is a storm of major proportions,” warned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. “Stay off the roads. Stay home.”

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said: “People need to take this storm seriously. Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency.”

In New York City, which is expecting a 12in (30cm) snowfall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said snow ploughs and 250,000 tonnes of salt were being put on standby.

The storm has also disrupted New York Fashion Week, which is held under a big tent. Organisers say they will bring in extra crews to help with snow removal and add an extra layer of tenting to the venue.

Some parts in the city are still recovering from Sandy, an October storm that brought record flooding. Many of those areas face a renewed risk of storm surge and flooding from the winter storm.

Fuel shortages were being reported from Connecticut to New York City as motorists queued at petrol stations to fill up vehicles, generators and snow blowers.

Mayor Bloomberg urged residents not to panic-buy fuel.

The National Weather Service had earlier said the combination of two weather systems from the polar and sub-tropical jet streams would produce a “potentially historic” storm.” – BBC News

US Coast Guard suspends search for overboard tug master – Updated Thurs 26th April 2012

The US Coast Guard is searching for a 48-year-old man who may have fallen from a Boston bound tugboat approximately nine miles off the coast of Newport, R.I., Wednesday.

The crew of New York-based 91-foot tug Steven-Scott called the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 2:40 p.m., reporting the man was last seen around 1:30 p.m. and that it was believed he fell overboard.

The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area of the situation and to report any sightings of the person.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark from Newport, have been dispatched for the search.

The man may not have been wearing a lifejacket when he fell overboard.

“We responded quickly, launching boat, cutter, and aircraft crews,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Alayola, the search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston. “We are putting every effort into locating him and continue to hope for the best outcome.”

The current weather conditions on scene are 20 to 22-knot winds, 3 to 6-foot seas and a water temperature of 52 degrees.

Another tug is en route to relieve the Steven-Scott of its tow of a barge carrying 45,000 barrels of jet fuel.

Thurs 26th April 2012 Update:

Coast Guard suspends search for overboard tug master

BOSTON — The Coast Guard has suspended its search pending further developments for a 48-year-old man who was reported to have fallen overboard from a Boston-bound tugboat approximately nine miles south of Newport, R.I., Thursday at 1:36 p.m.

Coast Guard crews covered more than 775 square miles searching for the master of the New York-based 91-foot tug Steven-Scott.

The crew of the Steven-Scott contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, reporting that the man was last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. and that he may have gone overboard.

“The Coast Guard conducted a thorough search with multiple assets through the night, but unfortunately they did not yield new information,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Alayola, a search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston.

Searching were crews from:

In the Northeast, the Coast Guard has responded to three boat-related drownings since April 1 of this year. Boaters and beach-goers are encouraged to remain cautious as the weather warms, follow safe boating practices, and always wear a lifejacket.

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Twelve people evacuated, 4 police officers & ambulance crew quarantined after toxic chemical suicide

Twelve people were evacuated from a South End apartment building and four Boston police officers and an ambulance crew were taken to a hospital after a woman committed suicide Monday night inside an apartment by ingesting a toxic chemical, fire officials said.

Boston Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dunbar said at the hazmat scene that the woman ingested the chemical on the first floor of 676 Mass. Ave. at about 9 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

He said four police officers and the ambulance team of two EMS workers were being quarantined at BMC to determine whether they were affected by the substance.

Dunbar said a relative of the woman, whose name and age he did not know, reported that the victim told her she ingested a chemical and asked that her cats be taken care of.

The deputy fire chief said the victim appeared to be young, but he could not be more specific. He said the woman is believed to have ingested sodium azide, a chemical used to make airbags. “But it can metabolize into some kind of cyanide,” Dunbar said, adding that the woman died about an hour or two after ingesting the substance. He said at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday that crews were preparing to reenter the apartment building to see if it presented a safety risk, a process expected to take a few hours. Dunbar also said the officers and EMS workers who were quarantined did not appear to be showing signs of being adversely affected by the chemical.

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