Officials pursuing the two alleged masterminds of the Boston Marathon explosions were first alerted last night that both suspects had robbed a convenient store, carjacked a motorist and then entered the MIT university grounds for unknown reasons, killing a campus policeman there.
City, state and federal agencies were notified of the event and a chase then ensued which resulted in the death of suspect #1, the individual shown in images released by the FBI yesterday as wearing a black cap and jacket and depositing a backpack near the race finish line on the day of the twin bombings.
A victim standing beside the first suspect at the time, and who consequently lost both legs in the explosion, confirmed today making eye contact with the man and observed him discreetly place a bag near his feet and quickly leave the area.
The surviving suspect, donning a white cap in these surveillance videos, was reported to have escaped last night through backyards and alleys and was still at large early this morning. He's managed for hours to elude a massive dragnet said to be originally staged in the Boston burb of Watertown, until reportedly barricading himself in a house.
Associated Press is identifying the youth as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge Massachusetts, and said the two alleged bombers were brothers. The deceased has been named as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tzarnaev. He died in hospital of multiple gunshot wounds.
According to NBC the brothers are Chechen nationalists, a wartorn district of Russia's North Caucasus. The suspects' uncle told reporters the pair had lived in America since 2001 and when he was informed that one of them was already dead replied "he deserved it."
The boy's Russian father expressed different sentiments, on television begging his son to surrender.
For decades Russia has brutally suppressed Chechnya through deprivation of resources, services, and outright warring, causing the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians and freedom fighters, as well as untold atrocities the international community has basically seen fit to ignore.
All this combined has created the perfect breeding ground for extremist organizations and followers.
Though the Tsarnaev brothers' beleaguered ethnic origins are now known, their actual motive for the brutal attack they executed hasn't yet been divulged. But Boston's police commissioner Ed Davis has issued a statement today as to the surviving suspect's presumed intent and the urgency in apprehending him as soon as possible.
"We believe this to be a terrorist," Davis said. "We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him into custody."
All of Boston is presently on lockdown at this hour and mass transit has also been halted, as a frenzied manhunt to capture or kill the teen who authorities consider "armed and dangerous" continues in earnest today.
The neighborhood of Watertown itself is less than ten miles from Boston's downtown area, the scene of two enormous blasts set off at the precise moment when completion of the historic marathon was nearing and when the highest number of runners and their supporters would be gathered at the finishing line.
The conflagration left two women and one child dead, and horribly injured nearly 200 more attendees, making it the largest "terrorist" on U.S. soil attack since 9/11.
A sad reminder that, wherever conflicts and oppression are happening, and whatever our own country's role in them may be, the woes of the world are definitely our problems as well.
*This story is developing - bookmark for additional updates.
Image of Boston bombing suspect #2: Reuters News Agency
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