Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted On 30 Counts

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BOSTON (AP)
— Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded
bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online
material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scribbled
anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal
indictment charged Thursday.

The 30-count
indictment contains the bombing charges, punishable by the death
penalty, that were brought against the 19-year-old Tsarnaev in April.
But prosecutors added charges covering the slaying of an MIT police
officer and the carjacking of a motorist during the getaway attempt that
left Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, dead.

Three
people were killed and more than 260 wounded by the two pressure-cooker
bombs that went off near the finish line of the marathon on April 15.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured four days later, hiding in a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Mass.

According
to the indictment, he scrawled messages on the inside of the vessel
that said, among other things, “The U.S. Government is killing our
innocent civilians,” “I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished,” and
“We Muslims are one body you hurt one you hurt us all.”

The
Tsarnaev brothers had roots in the turbulent Russian regions of
Dagestan and Chechnya, which have become recruiting grounds for Islamic
extremists. They had been living in the U.S. about a decade.

But
the indictment made no mention of any larger conspiracy beyond the
brothers, and no reference to any direct overseas contacts with
extremists. Instead, the indictment suggests the Internet played a
central role in the suspects' radicalization.

Before
the attack, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded onto his computer the summer
2010 issue of Inspire, an online English-language magazine published by
al-Qaida, according to the indictment. The issue detailed how to make
bombs from pressure cookers, explosive powder extracted from fireworks,
and lethal shrapnel.

He also downloaded
extremist Muslim literature, including “Defense of the Muslim Lands, the
First Obligation after Imam,” which advocates “violence designed to
terrorize the perceived enemies of Islam, among other things,” the
indictment said.

Another tract downloaded
included a foreword by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American propagandist for
al-Qaida who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, federal prosecutors
said.

The indictment assembled and confirmed
details of the case that have been widely reported over the past two
months, and added new pieces of information.

For
example, it confirmed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought 48 fireworks mortar
shells containing about eight pounds of explosive powder from a
Seabrook, N.H., fireworks store. It also disclosed that he used the
Internet to order electronic components that could be used in making
bombs.

The papers detail how the brothers then
placed knapsacks containing shrapnel-packed bombs near the finish line
of the 26.2-mile race.

“The defendant's alleged conduct forever changed lives,” U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in announcing the indictment.

The
court papers also confirm that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev inadvertently
contributed to his brother's death by running him over during a shootout
and police chase.

The charges cover the
slaying of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean
Collier, who authorities said was shot in the head at close range in his
cruiser by the Tsarnaevs during their getaway attempt. The brothers
tried to take his gun, prosecutors said.

In
addition, prosecutors said that during the carjacking, the Tsarnaev
brothers forced the motorist to turn over his ATM card and his password,
and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev withdrew $800 from the man's account.

At
the same time the federal indictment was announced, Massachusetts
authorities brought a 15-count state indictment against Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev over the MIT officer's slaying and the police shootout.

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