Azamat Tazhayako and Dias Kadyrbayev — two classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — have been arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing.
After the horrific Boston bombing on April 15, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were apprehended for the crime, but two weeks later three more people have been arrested including a United States citizen, and two of Dzhokhar’s classmates called Azamat Tazhayako and Dias Kadyrbayev.
Azamat Tazhayako & Dias Kadyrbayev Arrested
Azamat and Dias, who studied at the University of Dartmouth with Dzhokhar, were arrested on May 1 reports CNN, in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people.
They are both from Kazakhstan and had been in federal custody on immigration charges already, and they are expected to appear before a judge today, May 1, U.S. government sources said.
The suspects face charges of making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice, a federal law enforcement source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
It appears that the new charges are not directly linked with the bombings itself.
Three Suspects Taken Into Custody For Boston Bombings
“Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow” tweeted the Boston Police on May 1.
Former CIA Operative Robert Baer spoke to CNN on April 30, where he said he didn’t think the Tsaernaev brothers acted alone:
My opinion is, it’s the circuitry of the bomb. There’s a certain signature they are going to find on this. And I have seen multiple reports, “Wall Street Journal,” ABC News, CNN and on, that there — that police are looking at this as a sophisticated device which does not precisely follow the Internet plans that are in “Inspire” magazine. If that’s the case, there’s a master bomber out there. If there is a master bomber, is he in Dagestan or is he in the United States? Because if he’s in the United States, there’s a chance he could strike again.
I mean, if [the suspects] made [the bombs] off the Internet in their kitchens, they wouldn’t be carrying them to rural Massachusetts, outside of town. It just doesn’t make sense.
And in an attack like this, the last thing you want is a bomb to be a dud, because the plot is uncovered, everybody goes to jail, nothing happens, it doesn’t serve their purposes, their ideological purposes. So you want these things to be foolproof. And in order to have them foolproof, you need a bomb maker to do it or someone with a lot of practice. Otherwise, these things just don’t go after with that consistency that they managed to make happen.
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