While the motive behind the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon is yet to be
known, the lone surviving suspect in the deadly attack was unable to talk yet as
he injured to his throat in an apparent suicide bid.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev "suffered an injury to his throat and may not be able to talk",
senior US officials said.
Authorities have not publicly detailed the injuries sustained by Tsarnaev, but
an unnamed official who has been briefed said the 19-year-old has been "intubated
Tsarnaev may have tried to commit suicide before he was apprehended, CBS News
He suffered at least two bullet wounds — including one to his neck — before he
was arrested in Watertown. The bullet wound to the neck "is very possibly a
suicide attempt," the report said.
While, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said Tsarnaev was in "serious but
stable condition" and "not yet able to communicate yet".
Patrick said the motive remains the mystery.
"All of the law enforcement professionals are hoping for a host of reasons that
the suspect survives because we have a million questions," he said.
Federal prosecutors are at the heavily guarded Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center here, where Tsarnaev is being treated for wounds.
According to CBS News, doctors at the hospital said, "Tsarnaev is in serious
condition, under armed guard and unable to speak for now. But a special federal
interrogation team for high-value suspects will introduce themselves to him when
Charges are yet to be filed against Tsarnaev, who was captured from Watertown
town on Friday night.
There is no official words on what charges will be filed against Tsarnaev, but a
Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN
the teen will face federal terrorism charges and possibly state murder charges.
Tsarnaev could face the death penalty.
Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said they believe the plot was confined to
Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with
police early Friday. He said the brothers acted "together and alone".
Chechen brothers - Tsarnaev and Tamerlan - are accused of setting off two bombs
near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and
leaving over 170 wounded.
Meanwhile, Boston Police Chief Ed Davis said today the two brothers had more explosives which they were planning to use at other soft targets.
Davis said the investigators are looking at every possible angle.
"We've told the people of Boston we feel that they're safe at this point in time, and we continue to say that. There may be other components to this investigation that will lead to charges down the road. This is a very intensive and wide-ranging inquiry," he said.
Responding to questions, Davis said the police and other agencies have searched all the possible locations that they know are directly connected with the two brothers.
"They clearly had other explosives. They detonated those explosives at the scene of the arrest and shootout in Watertown. We feel that they had plans to use those explosives, possibly on soft targets," he said.
Based upon the fact there are a significant number of explosives found at the scene of the arrest, Davis said it is his assessment that they were planning more attacks.
"We are confident that these were the two actors, these were the two individuals that were carrying out this mission, and they are either dead or arrested at this point in time," he said in response to a question.
As of now, he said, investigators are not aware of the motive behind the Boston bombings.
"I don't know definitively who was the motivator here. There's clearly evidence that's been published publicly that would indicate that the older brother traveled overseas and may have been involved in extremist views, but, again, that's not part of the investigation at this point in time," he said.
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