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Accused Boston Bomber Indicted

June 28, 2013

A federal grand jury indicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, Thursday on charges stemming from the April Boston Marathon bombing, the US Justice Department said.

He faces 30 federal charges, include using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a public place resulting in death, for allegedly leaving a bomb along the marathon route and helping his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to plant a second device, according to the indictment.

The blasts killed three people and injured more than 250.

The indictment outlines jihadist propaganda found on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's computer and how the brothers ordered bomb-making supplies on the internet and practiced shooting at a firing range in the weeks before the bombings.

"Today's charges reflect the serious and violent nature of the events that occurred on April 15 and the tragic series of events that followed," US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said.

"The defendant's alleged conduct forever changed lives. The victims, their families and this community have shown extraordinary strength and resilience in the face of this senseless violence, and it is with the hundreds of injured - as well as (those killed) Krystle, Lingzi, Martin and Sean - in mind that we proceed to ensure that justice is served in this case."

Officials detailed how the brothers spoke by mobile phone shortly before the bombings to coordinate the detonations. The first blast, set by Tamerlan, killed one person, and Dzhokhar detonated the second, killing two other people.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces firearms charges related to the death of police officer Sean Collier several days after the bombing, setting off a chase and manhunt across the Boston region. The men were trying to steal Collier's weapon when they killed him, the indictment alleged.

The brothers then car-jacked a Mercedes and kidnapped its driver, the indictment said. The driver later escaped, and the brothers engaged police in a shootout and threw bombs at officers.

The wounded elder Tsarnaev had been handcuffed by police when Dzhokhar drover over him to get away, contributing to his death, the indictment revealed.

After a massive manhunt, the younger brother, Dzhokhar, was later discovered hiding inside a small boat dry-docked behind a house.

The shootout and attempted get-away account for about half of the charges, with the rest stemming from the bombing and its planning.

Seventeen of the charges carry maximum penalties of death or life in prison. Tsarnaev is to be arraigned on July 10.

He also faces separate charges in Massachusetts state court.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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