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Boston Police: Three suspects in Marathon bombings arrested

 
 
Posted Wednesday, May 1st 2013 @ 11am  by Kevin Spak, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Federal authorities arrested three college students today in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports. The BPD's official Twitter account identified them as "suspects," and added that there was no public threat. All will reportedly be charged with making false statements to investigators; two of them, identified by CBS Boston as Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, will also be charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

CBS reports that Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev are from Kazakhstan and are not US citizens; the third suspect is an American. Sources tell Reuters that the two Kazakh suspects are being held by immigration officials on suspicion of violating their visa terms. They were allegedly classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and a source says they may have thrown out a backpack at his request. All the three are being investigated over actions taken after the bombing; there's no evidence they had advance knowledge of the plot. The AP earlier reported that Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev appeared via video for a visa violation hearing in immigration court in Boston today; in that hearing, Kadyrbayev's attorney said they were drawn to Tsarnaev because he also spoke Russian.

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