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Bombing Suspects Turn Cambridge and Watertown Into War Zone

April 19th 2013

FBI pic of Tsarnaev brothers

Boston and its suburbs were turned into a near-war zone overnight as the two suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombings--brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, purportedly Chechen ethnics--ran amok in the streets in a high-speed pursuit and shootout. The bizarre chase, complete with grenades thrown at pursuing law enforcement, continued through the suburbs of Cambridge and Watertown. Boston and its surrounding suburbs are on full lockdown this morning--residents ordered to stay in their homes, vehicles and pedestrians barred from the streets, all public schools and universities ordered closed, businesses shuttered, and the transit system shut down--because there are unexploded grenades and explosive devices in the streets as a result of the violent chase. There are reports that another pressure-cooker bomb has been found and that the older brother, Tamerlan, had an additional bomb strapped to his body when he charged toward police and was killed at the scene of the huge street-battle in Watertown. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, ran the stolen SUV over Tamerlan's body as he escaped the scene of the battle.

Last night, the bombing suspects continued their reign of terror that began with Monday's Boston  Marathon bombing by robbing a Cambridge 7-11 store, executing an MIT policeman, Sean Collier, as he sat in his vehicle, carjacking and kidnapping the owner of a passing SUV, and shooting at authorities trying to arrest them as they fled. With hundreds of law enforcement officers in pursuit the Tsarnaev brothers continued their terror spree that included murdering the MIT officer and shooting a Boston Transit police officer, and throwing grenades and other explosive devices at pursuing police from their stolen SUV--leaving 10 law enforcement personnel with wounds from those grenades. During the shootout in Watertown the Tsarnaev brothers stopped their stolen vehicle and Tamerlan charged at police. He was severely injured at that point and was then run over by younger brother Dzhokhar as he fled the scene in the carjacked SUV. The older brother, Tamerlan, arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. He had an improvised explosive device strapped to his body when he was killed, which did not detonate. The brothers are residents of Norfolk Street, in Cambridge, and have been in the US for at least 10 years. The older brother, Tamerlan, 26, was a permanent legal resident of the United States, and the younger Dzhokhar, 19, has a valid Massachussetts drivers license.

The FBI is reporting that another pressure-cooker bomb has been found at a Mass Trans rail station, and that a third suspect has been tracked from Boston's South Station to an Amtrak train that is now halted near New Haven, Connecticut. It was headed to New York City, and the suspect is believed to be trapped on the train as authorities attempt to apprehend him. As many as three other people have been taken into custody related to what appears to be a Chechen terror cell. There are unconfirmed reports that the older brother, Tamerlan, may have been the leader of this suspected terror cell. The authorities report that they have Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cornered in a home in Watertown, and are hoping to capture him alive. They are attempting to determine whether or not he is wounded, has hostages, or has additional explosive devices with him. Because multiple explosive devices have been found, and it is suspected that there might be other undiscovered bombs, Massachussetts Governor Deval Patrick ordered residents of the Boston suburbs of Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge, to “shelter in place” -- to stay inside their homes and not to open their doors to anyone, except police with proper identification. This was ordered because police suspect that there might be other conspirators at large and trying to escape.

Russell Grayson is a staff contributor at The Cutting Edge, and previously worked at "The Village Voice," and spent 20 years as a trial attorney in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area


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