April 19, 2013

Boston Bomber Dead, Boston Locked Down as Manhunt Continues, Updates

Bumped, scroll for newer posts Breaking now... one police officer is dead ....dark hat in the video released by the FBI is dead....white hat is on the loose in an area of Boston....shootouts have taken place, they were using hand grenades against the cops.

Update: Matt Damon... Suspects are two brothers, Chechens.

Updates JN: The Tsarnaev brothers robbed a 7-11 on the MIT campus at 10:20. A MIT University officer Sean Collier was found by police shot in his car minutes later and died in the hospital, ABC reported.

They carjacked an SUV at 11:00 pm. At 1:00 am, police find the men in the car and there is a shoot-out where the brothers also throw explosives and the older brother, Tamerlan, is killed. The younger Dzhokhar apparently escapes. ( Watch video of Boston firefight at Pat Dollard.) Residents throughout Boston are advised to shelter in place (see notice taped to doors overnight) Officials said they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may be strapped with explosives.

WaPo Authorities shot and killed one suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings and were conducting a massive hunt for a second suspect in Watertown, Mass., Friday morning following a chaotic night that left one police officer dead and another critically wounded in the Boston suburbs.

The suspects — introduced to the world via photos and video footage Thursday night — are brothers, law enforcement officials said Friday morning. The one still at large was identified by law enforcement authorities as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge.

Russian journalist @aavst reporting that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19, was born in Chechen capital of Grozny, attended school in Dagestan before coming to US (via @BlakeHounshell) The family moved to Russia's Dagestan from Kyrgyzstan in 2001.

Via Good Lt: The older and now deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to "Allah is the One" YouTube channel 2 months ago. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a boxer ( photos). The MIT police officer killed was 26.

8:35 am EST Police surrounding house in Watertown, gunfire and explosions heard. 9:00 am Shooting has ended at the scene in Watertown.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, as seen in new FBI photo:

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2:30 pm: ABC reporting a Black Hawk Helicopter has landed at Dartmouth University where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended school. All universities in Boston were evacuated and closed earlier.

UPDATE By DMartyr: Dead suspect killed by gunshot and blast injuries. Rest in pieces.

UPDATE by Rusty: Looking at Tamerlan Tsarnaev's YouTube account one thing becomes very clear: these guys are radical Islamists.

First clue? Has a playlist entitled "Terrorists". The videos have been taken down, but the links and titles remain. They are videos of "Emir Abu Duzhana", formerly of The Islamic Emirate of the Cuacuses -- the al Qaeda affiliate in Chechnya.

UPDATE by Rusty: The vk.com website allegedly belonging to Dzhokhar is fake. VK -- or V'Kontakte -- is the Russian equivalent of Facebook. I happen to speak Russian and spent a year in college there, so I have a VK account, so I was able to check the veracity of the claims myself.

The first clue? Well, his last update was, um, today.

UPDATE by Rusty: The related twitter account also looks like a hoax.

At a news conference the Boston PD just clarified that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still at large.

UPDATE by Rusty: Watching the friends and relatives interviewed I can't help but wonder: Are these people stupid?

The common response is something like, "He was such a nice guy. I can't believe he's a terrorist!"

People, if you think terrorists are "mean" or "loud" you watch too much TV. Homicidal killers are just like you and me. Nice most of the time.

They aren't louder than you and I. They don't necessarily spout off on every little thing.

They don't walk around stealing candy from babies, wheelchairs from the disabled, and abusing animals.

You ever watched a video of Osama bin Laden? He's pretty soft spoken.

Murderers and terrorists don't have a "vibe". There is no equivalent of the "gaydar" that will let your spidey-senses pick up on a potential terrorist.

Evil is mundane. It is banal. It comes in all shapes and sizes.

The day you realize this is the day you'll cease to be surprised when the nice guy next door turns out to be a terrorist.

UPDATE by Rusty: It looks like this is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev real twitter account.

Interesting enough, he tweeted after the bombings. Including, "LOL those people are cooked." Classy.

On a sidenote, the Kavkaz Center -- which is the voice of the Chechen jihad -- seems to have taken the line that the two brothers are terrorists and that what they did is a bad thing.

Why murdering a bunch of Russian kids is a good thing and killing a few American infidels is a bad thing they don't bother to explain.

UPDATE by Rusty: Still on the loose. I'm watching the latest presser and .... no new information.

But we do have word that there is a third suspect in custody who might have some connection, if not to the bombing then to the planning of the bombing.

I know this is probably obvious, but looking at Dzhokhar's Twitter account, I can't but help get the feeling that the two thought he could get away with it.

The casualness of the tweets. The fact that they came after the bombing. The other explosive devices.

Did this pair have a long term plan to spread terror? That's what my gut says.

Like I said, it's obvious, but I thought I'd throw that out there.

Oh my: As I wrote that I was watching the Boston CBS local affiliate and they just reported that one of the two brothers (don't know which one, I'll look that up ---UPDATE: Yup, it was Dzhokhar, the one brother still on the loose) went back to UMass Dartmouth after the bombing. That his friends saw him there as late as Wednesday.

So, it sounds to me like they thought they were going to get away with it ... and that they had gotten away with it.

Update by SH: Apparently 'Jahar', the terrorist on the run, is a 9/11 truther.

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Note: He became a naturalized US citizen Nov. 12th of last year, 11 days after the above tweet.

By Matt Damon at 12:07 PM | Comments |