1 of 2 Mass. Bomb Suspects Dead; Suburbs Shut Down


WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist.  

The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he “may be armed and dangerous.”

Two law enforcement officials told the AP that Tsarnaev and the other suspect, who was not immediately identified, had been living legally in the U.S. for at least one year.

In Boston, still on edge over the attack on the marathon, and its western suburbs, authorities suspended mass transit and urged people to stay indoors as they searched for the remaining suspect, a man seen wearing a white baseball cap on surveillance footage from Monday’s deadly bombing at the marathon finish line.

“We believe this man to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people.”

Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. At least a quarter of a million people live in those suburbs. All mass transit was shut down, and businesses were asked not to open Friday. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home.

All modes of public transportation were shut down, including buses, subways, trolleys, commuter rail and boats, said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The suspects’ clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as they mingled among marathon revelers. The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed the images to enlist the public’s help finding the suspects.

Left: On the Run Right: Dead

The images released by the FBI depict two young men, each wearing a baseball cap, walking one behind the other near the finish line. Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said the suspect in the white hat was seen setting down a bag at the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

Authorities said surveillance tape recorded late Thursday showed the suspect known for the white hat during a robbery of a convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of MIT, where a university police officer was killed while responding to a report of a disturbance, said State Police Col Timothy Alben. The officer died of multiple gunshot wounds.

From there, authorities say, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station in Cambridge. The man was not injured.

The search for the vehicle led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. A transit police officer was seriously injured during the chase, authorities said.

In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.

Watertown resident Christine Yajko said she was awakened at about 1:30 a.m. by a loud noise, began to walk to her kitchen and heard gunfire.

“I heard the explosion, so I stepped back from that area, then I went back out and heard a second one,” she said. “It was very loud. It shook the house a little.”

She said a police officer later knocked on her door and told her there was an undetonated improvised explosive device in the street and warned her to stay away from the windows.

“It was on the street, right near our kitchen window,” she said.

Yajko said she never saw the suspect who was on the loose and didn’t realize the violence was related to the marathon bombings until she turned on the TV and began watching what was happening outside her side door.

State police spokesman David Procopio said, “The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers.”

Boston cab driver Imran Saif said he was standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner when he heard an explosion.

“I heard a loud boom and then a rapid succession of pop, pop, pop,” he said. “It sounded like automatic weapons. And then I heard the second explosion.”

He said he could smell something burning and advanced to check it out but area residents at their windows yelled at him, “Hey, it’s gunfire! Don’t go that way!”

Doctors at a Boston hospital where a suspect in the marathon bombings was taken and later died are saying they treated a man with a possible blast injury and multiple gunshot wounds.

MIT said right after the 10:30 p.m. shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged people urged to stay away from the Stata Center, a mixed-use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.

The suspects’ images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service in Boston to remember the dead and the wounded.

At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Obama saluted the resolve of the people of Boston and mocked the bombers as “these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build and think somehow that makes them important.”

“We will find you,” he warned.

In the past, insurgents from Chechnya and neighboring restive provinces in the Caucasus have been involved in terror attacks in Moscow and other places in Russia.

Those raids included a raid in Moscow in October 2002 in which a group of Chechen militants took 800 people hostage and held them for two days before special forces stormed the building, killing all 41 Chechen hostage-takers. Also killed were 129 hostages, mostly from effects of narcotic gas Russian forces used to subdue the attackers.

Chechen insurgents also launched a 2004 hostage-taking raid in the southern Russian town of Beslan, where they took hundreds of hostages. The siege ended in a bloodbath two days later, with more than 330 people, about half of them children, killed.

Insurgents from Chechnya and other regions also have launched a long series of bombings in Moscow and other cities in Russia. An explosion at the international arrivals hall at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in January 2011 killed at least 31 people and wounded more than 140.


Sullivan reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Pat Eaton-Robb contributed to this report from Boston.


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5 thoughts on “1 of 2 Mass. Bomb Suspects Dead; Suburbs Shut Down

  1. yeah, yeah, yeah…..what happened here is that the MOSSAD planted bombs that were supposed to be blamed on “right-wing, conservative, constitution-loving, gun-toting nut jobs” but they were caught in the act by internet sleuths examining photos.
    Because of this, the operation has now shifted to making the Jewish bombers out to be Arab bombers.
    It doesn’t matter how much dung they shovel in the Zionist media. We all know who’s responsible for the bombings, and they’re gonna swing for it.

  2. Hey All ,It is truly amazing to look at the THOUSANDS of “heros” risking life and limb to catch a TWENTY YR OLD PATSY and his little cook pot Yet down in west TX there was what amounts to a nuke blast destroying entire apt. buildings over 50 dead, more missing and the faux news is wearing out the “programming box” with “deadly gunfights” and ‘boston locked down” nonsense. In which it looked (I saw it live) like a SMOKEBOMB went off (did you see the runner who fell before blast twisting his ankle then getting up ) and there was no real panic at the first blast(cops telling folks its just a drill) then a “second blast” that I can find no visual confirmation of. most pecuLIAR.

    1. Yep Steve It seem to me that this is all just a bunch of conditioning and brainwashing. They – the PTB and the media -will stop at nothing to get everyone off the subject of what the PTB have been planning for those that actually do not see and have such a short memory for what is realy going on and what is realy important. Man, the govt.s of the world are haveing a hey day off of these things that have been going on. I cannot believe that they actualy think that we all believe that we trust and believe them PTB and the bought off media.

  3. “Authorities said surveillance tape recorded late Thursday showed the suspect known for the white hat during a robbery of a convenience store in Cambridge, near the campus of MIT, where a university police officer was killed while responding to a report of a disturbance, said State Police Col Timothy Alben. The officer died of multiple gunshot wounds.”

    If you were a terrorist, would you wear the same damn hat and plaster your face all over camera? And give me that bullshit FBI excuse of, “Oh guys like him want to be caught. They love to show themselves and think they are better than the police.” WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT!

    “From there, authorities say, the two men carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz, keeping him with them in the car for half an hour before releasing him at a gas station in Cambridge. The man was not injured.”

    Again, if you were a terrorist, why the HELL would you release your hostage and drop him off unharmed and why haven’t they interviewed this guy or released a report on what happened when he was with them? What kind of terrorist blows up a marathon and then lets a person go? If he enjoys killing people, wouldn’t he want to just shoot the guy and throw him out the door? I mean come on. What is with the sheeple? Are they that dense? It’s common sense here. It’s right in front of their eyes.

  4. After reading this entire article, there’s so many holes in this story, I can’t even begin to tell you all the unreal bullshit that’s being spewed in this article. It just simply would never happen the way they are explaining. It doesn’t make any sense, whatsoever. It goes from amateur tactics to child like tactics to professional tactics to amateur tactics and then back to child like tactics and professional tactics again. Someone is making these guys look bad and label them as a patsy. I’ve seen it a hundred times before in the movies. Our government is playing these guys. It’s like the movie, “Enemy of the State”. That’s what I see here.

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