BREAKING NEWS: Three more arrested in connection to Boston Marathon bombings
Three more suspects have been arrested in connection the Boston Marathon bombings, according to the Boston Police Department.
Authorities made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning. "Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case," the post read. "Details to follow."
The Boston Police Department followed up with another tweet, advising that "there is no threat to the public."
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Investigators had previously only named brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the only suspects in the case and were looking into whether they worked alone or with a larger group when carrying out their plan to detonate two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month. Tamleran was killed in an exchange with police only a few days after the explosions and Dzhokhar remains in a Massachusetts hospital under police custody.
The news isn't just a big turning point in the case for officers, but also a scary revelation for the public. We'll continue updating as more details become available.
UPDATE (1:40 PM): Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Kadyrbayev's 20-year-old roommate Azmat Tazhayakov, both Kazakh citizens who were in the U.S. as students, have been identified as two of the new suspects arrested. Both were college-aged friends of Dzhokhar and will reportedly be in court this afternoon in Boston for their first appearance on charges including obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents. The third person arrested has not yet been identified.
UPDATE (5:00 PM): The third man, Robel Phillipos, also 19, has been identified as another of Dzohkhar's classmates.
According to court papers, the three men quickly figured out their friend was one of the suspect after seeing the FBI's photos. They texted him, to which Dzhokhar responded by telling them to go to his room and "take whatever you want." The three went frightened his friends, who then began to believe that Tsarnaev was actually involved in the bombing. They decided to remove the backpack, fireworks and a laptop to help their friend "avoid trouble," according to court reports.
US authorities has charged all three men with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, claiming they hid fireworks and a backpack belonging to one of the suspected bombers as a manhunt was under way.
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