Friday, October 31, 2014

Boston Bombings

Two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, killing three people and injuring 183 others.

In the ensuing days, local and state police as well as federal agents began their pursuit of the terrorists responsible for the act.

In a press release Thursday, April 18, the FBI revealed photographs of the two suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in hopes of receiving assistance from the public.

Approximately five hours after the release of the photos, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer was shot and killed, according to CNN. Shortly thereafter, a car and its driver was hijacked on the
MIT campus.

Police tracked the vehicle to Watertown, Mass., where they engaged in an extensive firefight. According to CNN, the driver of the vehicle was released by the suspects, but older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed in the firefight.

At that point, the police said they realized that they were dealing with the two suspects from the bombing. With one suspect dead, younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remained at large.

According to CNN, thousands of police and military officers joined in the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the 20-block area of Watertown. On the morning of Friday, April 19, authorities requested that the residents of Watertown and the surrounding area stay indoors. In addition, public transportation, most businesses and most public institutions were shut down.

According to CNN, on Friday evening, a resident found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his boat, just outside the police perimeter. After a standoff, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and taken to the hospital, where he is currently being treated for serious injuries.

Due to his injuries, CNN reported that he has yet to speak about the incidents.

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