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Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted

Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scrawled an anti-American message on the inside of the boat where he hid and collected al-Qaida and jihadist literature on bomb making, martyrdom and terror attacks, according to a 30-count indictment released by federal prosecutors Thursday.

The indictment included four murder charges against Tsarnaev -- three related to victims of the bombing and a fourth in connection with the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. It laid out the government's case against Tsarnaev, 19, detailing the contents of the note and how he downloaded a 2010 issue of al-Qaida's Inspire magazine with instructions on how to build pressure-cooker bombs.

"The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians . . . I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished," Tsarnaev wrote inside the boat where he hid out in Watertown, Mass., following a confrontation with police. "We Muslims are one body you hurt one you hurt us all . . . Stop killing our innocent people, we will stop."

The indictment confirmed Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan ordered electronic parts online that could be used to assemble bombs like the shrapnel-packed ones set off at the marathon finish line April 15, killing three and wounding more than 260.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev also purchased 48 fireworks packed with explosive powder -- which can be used to make bombs -- at a New Hampshire fireworks store, the indictment stated.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was initially charged with the bombing in April. The new charges included state charges against Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the killing of the MIT police officer and a carjacking, both carried out after the bombings, authorities said.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot by officers and run over by a vehicle driven by his brother during a confrontation with police shortly after the carjacking, the indictment states.

The brothers used four improvised explosive devices during that confrontation, the court papers say. In announcing the indictments, the U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, said she had met with survivors of the bombings as well as the family of those killed.

"Their strength is extraordinary, and we will do everything that we can to pursue justice not only on their behalf, but on the behalf of all of us," Ortiz said.

The federal indictment made no mention of any connections to foreign terror groups.

With The Associated Press


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