Boston Update: Bomber killed, Police manhunts for second terrorist

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Updated Friday, April 19, 1:45 p.m.

One suspect in the Boston bombings was shot and killed after a violent rampage through the city’s suburbs early Friday as the FBI conducted a massive manhunt for the second suspect—his younger brother—who fled in a stolen black Mercedes SUV, and is heavily armed. Authorities are looking for as many as two others described as possible accomplices. The entire Boston area remains on lockdown.

In the early hours of Friday morning, authorities ordered residents to stay indoors. They also initially suspended buses, taxis and train services. A no-fly zone was in place over the town of Watertown and officials said they were closing in on the fugitive—19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—who is believed to still be in the area.

In a televised update Friday afternoon, Timothy Alben, superintendent of Mass. State Police, said police had been combing the neighborhood door-by-door in search of the suspect and had progressed over 60-70% of the area they wanted to cover in the area. Law enforcement officials have not made any apprehensions.

Ruslan Tsarni, a man who identified himself at the suspects’ uncle, said he was ashamed by the actions of his nephews. Asked by reporters outside his home what could have motivated the suspects, Tsarni said he did not believe they were affiliated with any political or religious group. He described them as “losers” who were unable to fit in.
The uncle said the family is Muslim and has roots in Chechnya. “Of course we are ashamed,” he said. “I love this country.”

Tsarni said he had not spoken with his brother, the father of the two suspects. He urged his nephew to turn himself in. He confirmed that the family moved to the United States and settled in Cambridge in 2003.

Boston Police have surrounded the house in Cambridge where the brothers lived.

NBC News reports that officers are “hunkering down for the long haul” and are concerned that the entire house may be booby trapped. Watertown Police Chief said it may take “the whole weekend” before the area is under control. Law enforcement officials are expected to conduct a “controlled explosion” outside the home before officers proceed with searching the premises. The FBI released a new wanted poster in which the fugitive is described as armed and extremely dangerous.

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