Boston Attack Suspect Told Friends He Knew How to Make Bomb

UPDATE: Criminal complaints revealed by authorities Wednesday claim that Boston Marathon, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bragged to his friends that he knew how to build explosives.

Azamat Tazhayakov allegedly told the FBI that about a month before the attack Dzhokhar told him and Dias Kadyrbayev while they were eating a meal that he knew how to make a bomb, reports ABC News.

BOSTON – Boston Police announced Wednesday that three more suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been arrested. They are college students and face charges of making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The police department emphasized that “there is no threat to public safety.”

All three were friends of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Police believe they helped him remove some items from Dzhokhar’s Pine Dale Hall dorm room after the bombing, although they probably didn’t know about the attack beforehand. The suspects allegedly disposed of a backpack and laptop belonging to Dzhokhar.

Two of the suspects have been identified as Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, and Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, both Kazakh nationals, reports Yahoo News. Both were detained April 20 on immigration charges. The third suspect, Robel Phillipos, 19, is a U.S. citizen. All three have been under FBI surveillance for 10 days.

“All three have admitted that on the evening of April 18, 2013, they removed Tsarnaev’s backpack from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room, and Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov have admitted that they agreed to get rid of it after concluding from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the Boston Marathon bombers,” says the complaint against the suspects.

Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan are suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tamerlan died in a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar has been charged in the attacks.

Read the full report.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov Complaint (pdf)

Phillipos Complaint (pdf)

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