|Dzhokar Tsarnaev via FBI|
As police search Boston for the individual allegedly involved with the Boston Marathon bombings, the city is under a state of complete lockdown. One of the suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has already been killed and his younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has yet to be apprehended.
In the latest update from Danger Room, it is reported that State Police Superintendent Timothy Alben told the press that there will be a “controlled explosion” in Cambridge later this afternoon at the home where the brothers lived.
In addition, it was reported that law enforcement officers continue to go “door to door, street to street” searching for the younger brother.
Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the two suspects, told ABC News that he spoke with his sons this week. Tsarnaev said that they discussed the bombing but the boys did not admit to having any responsibility.
“Give up. Give up. You have a bright future ahead of you. Come home to Russia,” Tsarnaev said to his sons, both ethnic Chechens from Dagestan.
“If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job,” Tsarnaev said. Their father also said that if his son is killed “all hell will break loose.”
All public transportation and taxi services in Boston have now been shut down and everyone is being ordered to shelter in place. Planes are grounded and the police presence is heavy.
The New York Times paints a telling picture of the situation when writing that the well known Boston Common was “transformed overnight into an armed camp. In place of the usual commuters and tourists who pass through the park in the morning was a police convoy with about 20 officers on motorcycles and six S.U.V.’s escorting what looked like a bomb-disposal truck.”
Raw footage of the deadly shootout that occurred earlier today has been put on YouTube, though very little can be seen in the video:
CBS News confirmed that the younger of the two brothers is an American citizen, naturalized on September 11, 2012.
CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason reported that Tsarnaev spoke with a friend yesterday on the campus of the school he attends, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and there was “nothing out of the ordinary in their conversation.”
As for the older brother, he reportedly studied accounting part-time at Bunker Hill Community College for three semesters from 2006 to 2008.
Anonymous U.S. government officials stated that he traveled to Russia at some point last year but returned to the United States six months later.
CBS’s Bob Orr reports that unnamed federal sources stated that the Tsarnaev family has had “brief contacts” with law enforcement over the years. None of these “contacts” were serious enough for the family to be on any “radar screens of law enforcement officials.”
Most notable, however, is that CBS News cites another anonymous law enforcement source who noted that Tamerlan was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Boston in 2009 and said “Tamerlan had three Jihadi videos on his Internet accounts.”
Yet, as Danger Room noted earlier today, “If the brothers Tsarnaev had to rob a 7-Eleven and steal a car to get out of town, that’ll become a significant aspect of the investigation. It does not fit a pattern of a foreign-sponsored terrorist effort.”
Currently the dragnet manhunt continues across Boston as residents of the city and surrounding communities have been told to “stay indoors, with their doors locked” by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick,” according to the New York Times.
Updates will be added as information becomes available.
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