3 More Arrested In Connection With Boston Jihad Bombing Attack One Day After FBI Interviews Dead Terrorist's Wife
May 1, 2013
Three MORE arrests connected to Boston marathon bombing
By Meghan Keneally
PUBLISHED: 10:18 EST, 1 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:27 EST, 1 May 2013
Boston police announced on Wednesday that three new suspects were arrested in connection to the marathon bombing.
They did not release any further information about the arrests, promising details to come.
'At this point, we're not really in a position to make any comment,' FBI spokesman Alison Mahan told Talking Points Memo.
The news of the arrests comes one day after the elder suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife Katherine Russell was interviewed by investigators after they spent hours searching her home.
FBI official first linked the bombings to brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, releasing photos of the pair last Thursday, three days after the fatal blast killed three and injured more than 250 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
They were able to confirm the identity of the two after the photos were released, and later that evening Tamerlan died after an altercation with police where he opened fire on officers and his younger brother ended up driving over him in the getaway car.
Dzhokhar was arrested the following day after a city-wide manhunt lead to his discovery inside a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Dzhokhar was arrested and transported to an area hospital where he remains in police custody.
He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, though the legal proceedings came into question after police initially interviewed him- and he allegedly confessed- before he was read his Miranda rights. After hearing his rights, he reportedly stopped talking to police.
Two Kazakh men and a third man have been arrested by federal authorities in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, a law enforcement official familar with the case said this morning.
The two men, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, came to America from the Central Asian nation to study at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also enrolled. The law enforcement official did not release the name of the third person arrested...
...Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, Kazakh nationals, appeared before a federal immigration judge this morning. Their lawyers said they were unaware of any criminal charges against them.
Lawyers for the men said at the hearing they had cooperated with Homeland Security and FBI investigators for hours and were only college buddies with Dzhohkar Tsarnaev and should be released.
The men are being detained in the Suffolk County jail and appeared before immigration Judge Steven F. Day via videoconference, wearing prison scrubs, from the jail. The consul of Kazakhstan, other representatives as well as US government officials were in the court
FBI officers have also questioned Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, for hours to find out what she knows about the plot. Investigators were seen leaving her parents' home, where Russell has been staying, with bags on Monday.
FBI agents also wanted to collect a DNA sample from Russell to compare with female DNA found on a bomb fragment...
...The agency has also questioned Mikhail "Misha" Allakhverdov, the mysterious Muslim friend that the bombing suspects' relatives blamed for helping to radicalize Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Allakhverdov has denied he had anything to do with the bombing and has said he has not seen Tamerlan Tsarnaev in years.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Russia for about six months in 2012, raising questions whether he received any training there on how to construct the bombs.