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article imageLivestream: Boston bombers 2 brothers 'from Russian region near Chechnya'

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 19, 2013 in Crime
Boston - Police in Boston say one of the suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev has died in custody. His younger brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, remains at large after a shoot-out with the police
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AP reports that the uncle of the brothers, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said that the young men lived near Boston for about a decade after they arrived in the U.S. "from the Russian region near Chechnya."
According to the AP, the region has witnessed Islamic insurgency in recent times. An intelligence bulletin the AP obtained confirmed that the dead suspect is Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while the surviving suspect is Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old resident in Cambridge.
Firefight in Cambridge and Watertown
The Boston Globe reports that gun battle involving the police and the brothers began in Cambridge on Thursday night. An MIT police officer was shot late Thursday in Kendall Square area in Cambridge. The officer who has not been identified suffered multiple gun shot wounds at about 10:48 p.m. on Main and Vassar streets, near Building 32, following a robbery alert.
The shooting led to a police manhunt involving officers and canine units. University authorities issued an alert to students and staff to remain indoors while the search continued.
The wounded officer was later pronounced dead at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
After the late Thursday night shooting in Cambridge, scores of police officers and National Guard members flooded Watertown, west of Cambridge, eight miles of central Boston.early Friday morning, where residents reported they heard explosives detonating. The shooting in Watertown began with a carjacking incident in Cambridge. The suspects fled along Memorial Drive, Cambridge to Watertown with police cars pursuing them hotly. They opened fire on Watertown officers and wounded one.
Witnesses said the police began door-to-door search in Watertown just before 4 a.m., warning residents to stay indoors and not answer the door except the person clearly identifies himself as a law-enforcement officer.
Suspect 2 in Boston marathon bombings  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Suspect 2 in Boston marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Later, more gunfire and explosions were heard. According to the Boston Globe, witnesses said that during the shoot-out in Watertown, they heard explosions and officers shouting to each other about improvised explosive devices. The district attorney’s office said the suspects threw explosive devices from their car. According to The Guardian, police officers later took precautions to avoid setting off other explosives the suspects may have left on the ground. They advised people in the vicinity to switch off their mobile phones.
A witness Peter Jennings, 33, said he heard explosions while sleeping in his home after midnight He said: "It sounded like a stick of dynamite went off. I looked out the window, and it was like nothing I've ever seen -- blue light after blue light after blue light."
According to the Boston Globe, an unnamed official said a suspect was captured in the shoot out.The Middlesex District Attorney’s office said the suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was later pronounced dead at a hospital. A medical officer confirmed he was brought to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency room after midnight with severe multiple injuries.
The medical officer said: "It was more than gunshot wounds. It was a combination of injuries. We believe a combination of of blasts, multiple gunshot wounds."
Although police authorities at first refrained from commenting on the connection between the Boston Marathon bombings and the events in Cambridge and Watertown, the Boston Globe reported earlier that an unnamed source said the captured gunman was a suspect in the Boston bombings.
An alert issued to officers reportedly referred to the suspect who remained at large as the "one with the white hat" in the photos the FBI released on Thursday.
The suspect was described as a "white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black curly hair, possibly with an assault rifle and explosives."
Colonel Timothy Allen, who commands the State Police, said: "We believe these are the same individuals that were responsible for the bombing Monday at the Marathon. We believe that they are responsible for the death of an MIT police officer and the shooting of an MBTA police officer. This is a very serious situation that we are dealing with."
Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said the second suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, is being hunted by federal, state, and municipal police personnel. Police believe he is the one who dropped the bombs that went off at the Marathon finish line.
Davis told reporters: "We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man here to kill people."
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