The teenage terrorism suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has admitted planting bombs at last week’s Boston Marathon.
Tsarnaev remains in hospital recovering from bullet wounds to his head, neck, legs and hands, received in a shootout with police and later in what has been suggested was an attempted suicide during the ensuing manhunt. Communicating largely by written notes and nods, he has allegedly confessed to planting the bombs that killed three marathon bystanders and, later, to killing a police officer with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The brother died in the shootout last Friday.
Tsarnaev has said that he and his brother acted alone, prosecutors told the media.
At a bedside hearing Federal prosecutors formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and with malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Each count carries the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted under Federal law.
Investigators and US administration spokespeople do not believe the brothers were connected to Muslim militant groups, but conceded that they may have been motivated by religious extremism. – Kaycee Jane Shingles-Moore
Top photo: the arrest of the suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev as shown in images released by the FBI.