Boston police capture marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev

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Large areas of Boston went into lockdown as police pursued the main suspect for the Boston marathon bombings. The 22-hour pursuit ended in the arrest of 19 year-old Dzhohhar Tsarnaev. The suspect’s elder brother Tamerlan had died in hospital after an earlier skirmish with police.

Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in a backyard in the Watertown suburb of Boston. He had lost a lot of blood from an injury sustained in the previous gunfight and was reported to be in a serious condition in hospital after his arrest.

Edward Deveau, the Watertown police chief, explained that Tsarnaev had been located through a tip-off. "It was a call from a resident of Watertown," he said. "We asked you to remain vigilant and you did. We got the call and we got the guy." Police had surrounded the boat, but were reticent about making a direct approach out of fears that Tsarnaev might have been wearing a suicide vest. It is believed that police used stun grenades to capture the suspect.

The investigation will now focus on what motivated the Tsarnaevs to carry out the attack. There are confused stories about their background. Reports say they grew up in the Chechen community in Kyrgyzstan, although some family members say that Dzhokhar was born in Dagestan in Chechnya. They were educated in US high-schools. President Obama said "Why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to this violence?"

The brothers’ uncle Ruslan said: "He put a shame on our family, he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity." Their father Anzor, speaking in Russia, claimed that his sons had been framed. "I don’t know by who exactly, but they framed them. And they were so cowardly they shot the boy dead. There are policemen like that." He called for a full judicial investigation.

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