The 2 suspects in the Boston Bombing lead the police on an erratic chase through the suburbs in the early Friday morning hours.
The New York Times reported:
The two suspects were identified by law enforcement officials as brothers. The surviving suspect was identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., a law enforcement official said. The one who was killed was identified as his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.
The authorities were investigating whether the dead man had a homemade bomb strapped to his body when he was killed, two law enforcement officials said.
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Col. Timothy P. Alben of the Massachusetts State Police said investigators believed that the two men were responsible for the death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and the shooting of an officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the region’s transit authority.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot multiple times in a gunfight with police Thursday night and pronounced dead at a hospital.
Officials are reporting that the 2 men are Muslims, from Chechnya–a mostly Muslim region of southern Russia, where the leaders are fundamentalist. The 2 brothers had were active in social media.
Schools are closed, and bus and train service has been suspended as a massive manhunt is underway to capture Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev–who is considered armed and dangerous. Police have issued bulletins for people living in the neighborhoods of Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Arlington and Belmont to remain indoors and watchful.
From Fox News:
And the Connecticut State Police announced that it had received information suggesting that the suspect could be operating a gray Honda CRV, with a Massachusetts registration number 316 ES9. “Connecticut troopers are posted strategically in our state and continue to communicate with Massachusetts authorities”
Jim Geraghty of National Review Online describes the goals of terrorism well:
Those who seek to terrorize us have cast us, against their will, in their own little psychodrama, where they are somehow heroes who nobly lash out at a society that has callously disregarded their demands — be it that we give up our decadent Western ways, or that the government stop flying black helicopters over their house, or whatever. They attack and kill their initial victims, but their real audience is everyone else who sees the attack and recoils in horror. The perpetrators hope that if we’re subjected to enough horror and bloodshed, we’ll psychologically crumble, and begin to contemplate meeting their demands.