May 1, 2013
Three more people have been taken into custody in connection to the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Boston Police Department tweeted today.
Two college-aged friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court this afternoon in Boston for their first appearance on charges including obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents, according to law enforcement officials and a lawyer for one of the two friends.
The lawyer, Robert Stahl, identified two of the new suspects as his client Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Kadyrbayev’s roommate Azmat Tazhayakov, 20, both Kazakh citizens who were in the U.S. as students. They had been detained two weeks ago on immigration charges and their arrests took place this morning after a teleconferenced immigration hearing. The third person taken into custody is a U.S. citizen, law enforcement officials said, but the suspect’s identity has not been released.
A senior counter-terrorism official told ABC News Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are suspected of hiding important evidence and then lying to federal agents about it. A lawyer briefed on the case said the charges grow out of a request by Dzhokhar to his friends to go to his dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and remove and dispose of a backpack full of fireworks.
Dzhokhar is in custody after being seriously injured in his flee from police. His brother and alleged co-conspirator Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police hours before Dzhokhar’s capture.
Late Tuesday, the Tsarnaev family was deciding what to do with Tamerlan’s body.
Bella Tsarnaev, one of the young man’s sisters, told ABC News in her first public statement that she and her sister Ailina have planned a proper Muslim burial for Tamerlan. The brothers’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, told The Associated Press Tuesday the family would take the body, “We will do it. A family is a family.”
When the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office was ready to release her husband’s body, Tamerlan’s widow Katherine Russell declined to take it herself, according to her attorney.
“It is Katherine Russell’s wish that his remains be released to the Tsarnaev family, and we will communicate her wishes to the proper authorities,” attorney Amato DeLuca said Tuesday. DeLuca also said Russell has been meeting with law enforcement and is providing “as much assistance to the investigation as she can.”
The statement came as investigators said they may have pinpointed a turning point in Tamerlan’s growth into alleged radical: a 2012 trip to Russia in which he may have had contact with Russian Islamists.
American officials said they are investigating whether Tamerlan had been in contact over the internet with a man named William Plotnikov, a Russian-Canadian and a fellow boxer, who had converted to Islam and joined the militant insurgency in the North Caucasus. Plotnikov was killed by Russian authorities while Tamerlan was in Russia, and Tamerlan left the country just days later.
Investigators also want to know what Tamerlan was doing with a known militant recruiter in the region named Mansur Mukhamed Nidal with whom Tamerlan was repeatedly seen leaving a controversial mosque in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. Nidal was also killed by Russian authorities while Tamerlan was in Russia.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
1 1 1 171 6 18
his soul number = 18 = Surreal. Crazy talk.
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