MANILA, Philippines (4th Update) – Police have captured one of the suspects in the Boston marathon bombing, the Boston Police Department confirmed Saturday, April 20 (Friday, April 19 – US time).
Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 20, 2013
US media reported the suspect, 19-year old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is alive but is in a serious condition. He was brought to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In a press conference moments after the capture, United States President Barack Obama vowed to find out what turned two young US residents accused of the Boston bombings to violence.
“Tonight, there are still many unanswered questions. Among them, why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?” Obama said.
“How did they plan and carry out these attacks? And did they receive any help? The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers.”
Obama commended the United States’ law enforcement agencies that worked hard to capture the suspects — including the Boston and Massachusetts police forces and the FBI.
“Whatever they [suspects] thought they can ultimately achieve, “Whatever they thought they could ultimately achieve, they’ve already failed. They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated. They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorized.”,” Obama said.
Police early Saturday (Manila time) surrounded a district where the Boston marathon suspect was believed to be hiding after a burst of automatic gunfire.
Boston Police chief Edward Davis said a resident tipped the police after finding the wounded Tsarvaev in a boat at back of the house at 63 Franklin Street in Watertown.
Police squads and armored personnel carriers raced to the district where the suspect was believed to be hiding. Police helicopter buzzed overhead and detected Tsarnaev’s presence through thermal detectors.
Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan — the other suspect in the bombings — died in the hospital after an earlier encounter.
The FBI revealed Saturday that its agents had interviewed Tamerlan in 2011 at the request of a foreign government but the investigation found “no derogatory information.”
The twin bombings at the Boston marathon and subsequent encounters have claimed the lives of 4 other individuals – Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and police officer Sean Collier. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
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