The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.
The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and a family member as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and seen in surveillance footage in a black baseball cap, was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight, officials said. His 19-year-old brother – dubbed as Suspect No. 2 and seen wearing a white, backwards baseball cap in the images from Monday’s deadly bombing at the marathon finish line – escaped.
As of right now, there seems to be a standoff in Watertown, Massachusetts. Sounds like they were trying to set up for another attack when they were discovered. Chatter on the police scanner speculates that the other suspect could be wearing a suicide vest.
The YouTube page of one of the men is full of jihad videos.
Militants from Chechnya and other restive regions in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus have targeted Moscow and other areas with bombings and hostage-takings, but if it turns out that the suspects in the Boston bombings are linked to those insurgencies it would mark the first time the Russian conflict had spawned a terror attack in the West.
Wasn’t Hope & Change supposed to usher in a new era of global understanding and brotherhood? A new beginning? But I digress…
Meanwhile, the MSM has gone out of its way to avoid saying the M or I words (they would have waited just as long to describe their affiliations if the suspects were Christian pro-lifers, right? RIGHT?), but they don’t have to, because the Facebook page of one of the alleged bombers does it for them:
Photo: This is Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s social media profile – twitter.com/TheMatthewKeys…
— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 19, 2013
I’m assuming those 11 “friends” will be scrutinized a bit by authorities.
And naturally, the NRA is to blame for some of this. The amount of stupid that can fit in some people is beyond comprehension.
Update: Somebody caught trying to get out of the country?
Update II: Pic of the day — the vehicle the second suspect carjacked was sporting a “Coexist” bumper sticker:
Update III: Somebody needs to sprinkle Abilify on Michael Moore’s pork rinds.
Update IV: An early conspiracy theory from the aunt of the two men: