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Bostonians celebrate capture of second bombing suspect

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was found by a homeowner in a boat where he had taken refuge.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE have taken to the streets of Boston to celebrate after the second suspect in Monday’s bombings was found in a boat in a backyard.

People cheered for police and the authorities involved, after a successful end was brought to an intense manhunt. Gathering on Boston Common and in local areas, they chanted ‘USA! USA!’ and celebrated the arrest of the second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The energy was captured in this video taken overnight in the Mission Hill area:

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As police made their way through Watertown following the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was found hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard, crowds gathered to congratulate them.

Rather than anger, Bostonians reacted with relief and thankfulness for the work done by the police. The city had effectively been in lockdown for a day, since a shoot-out with police involving the two chief suspects in the bombings, Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan.

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People had been asked to voluntarily stay off the streets so that the authorities could direct all of their resources into finding Dzhokhar after Tamerlan was killed in the Watertown shootout.

Bombings

The ethnic Chechen teenagers are suspected of staging the Boston Marathon bombings.

The 19-year-old was found in a boat, covered in blood, after a tip from a local resident in Watertown.

The Boston police department said on Twitter after Tsarnaev was taken away:

Captured!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody

According to AFP, a neighbour alerted police after finding Tsarnaev “covered with blood” in the boat where he had taken refuge, Boston police chief Ed Davis told reporters.

The final showdown lasted nearly two hours, during which attempts to negotiate with him failed as he was “not communicating”, said Davis.

Davis told a press conference:

We exchanged gunfire with the suspect who was inside the boat, and ultimately, the hostage rescue team of the FBI made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect.

Following his capture, Tsarnaev was taken to hospital, where he is said to be in a serious condition.

The widow of his brother, who has a child with husband Tamerlan, released a statement through her family, said CNN, saying “our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted” and that they never really knew him.

President Barack Obama said after the capture:

We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. And we’ll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe.

The arrest ended a dramatic four days after two bombs exploded at the Boston marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding about 180. Within days, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan were named as the main suspects after CCTV images were released to the public.

That was soon followed by an incident where the brothers were involved in the killing of a policeman and the wounding of a second officer. That sparked off a carjacking and a dramatic police chase to Watertown that culminated in a shoot-out on Friday night, during which Tamerlan was shot and died.

On Friday, the manhunt grew to involve 9,000 police surrounding Watertown and parts of nearby districts as they hoped to find Dzhokhar, who they thought had been wounded in the earlier shootout.

Boston went to a standstill as businesses, schools and universities were closed, public transport was stopped and people were advised to stay in their homes to allow police to concentrate on finding Dzhokhar.

Brothers

The Tsarnaev brothers are ethnic Chechen Muslims who moved to the United States about a decade ago.

The suspects’ father Anzor Tsarnaev told Russia’s Interfax news agency his sons had been “set up by the secret services because they are practicing Muslims.” But an uncle, Ruslan Tsarni said the pair had put “shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.”

“Somebody radicalised them,” he said of his nephews. “It’s not my brother.”

The FBI acknowledged yesterday that an unnamed foreign government had asked about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 but they had found no key information.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in hospital being treated as the case against him is prepared by the FBI. It is expected he will be arraigned following an FBI complaint, and the preliminary hearing details will be set.

According to CNN, it is likely that he will be indicted by a grand jury before the preliminary hearing date is reached.

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