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Boston Police: Three More Individuals In Custody

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
May 1, 2013

(Most recent update: 12:40 p.m. ET.)

Breaking news on the Boston Police Department’s Twitter account:

“Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.”

We’ll follow with more as NPR and other news outlets get additional information. Click here for a note that explains how we cover breaking news such as this.

NPR’s coverage of the April 15 bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 250 is collected here.

Update at 12:40 p.m. ET. Allegedly Lied To FBI And Disposed Of Some Evidence:

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation tells NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston that two of the individuals, both said to be students from Kazakhstan, are suspected of failing to tell the truth to the FBI about whether they saw alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after the April 15 attack. They’re also suspected of throwing out some sort of evidence that may have once been in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dormitory where Tsarnaev had lived.

Those allegations could lead to charges such as obstruction of justice.

It isn’t yet known why the third person has been taken into custody.

Update at 11:47 a.m. ET. Suspects Are Said To Be Two Students And A Third Person; None Are Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Wife.

NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston reports that law enforcement sources familiar with the situation say an indictment is expected to be unsealed later today that implicates three more individuals. Two of them, she’s told, are students from Kazakhstan who were arrested over a week ago on immigration charges. They are going to be charged with obstruction of justice. Sources say they believe the two young men, who were students with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massashusetts’ Dartmouth campus, may have helped him in some way after the attacks. The third person is an American citizen, Dina is being told, and is not Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife.

The Boston Globe says the third person is also be a student. That has not been independently confirmed by NPR.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is in custody at a federal prison medical facility. His 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, the other main suspect in the bombings and crimes that followed, died from injuries he received during a gun battle with police on April 19.

Update at 11:42 a.m. ET. “No Threat To The Public.”

Boston Police add this message in a new tweet: “Please be advised there is no threat to the public.”

Note: As happens when stories such as this are developing, there will likely be reports that turn out to be mistaken. We will focus on news being reported by NPR, other news outlets with expertise, and statements from authorities who are in a position to know what’s going on. And if some of that information turns out to be wrong, we’ll update.

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