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3 New Suspects in in Boston Bombing; ‘Backpack of Fireworks’ Cited

The Boston Police Department has announced that three additional suspects are in custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings — suspected of disposing of evidence including a backpack full of fireworks.

Multiple outlets confirm that two of the three suspects are the two Kazakh men who were already in custody — Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev — on immigration charges after they were apprehended 11 days ago in New Bedford, Massachusetts, near the UMass Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar was a student. The third person is an American, Robel Philipos, who is charged with making false statements to the FBI.

Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev appeared for an initial appearance in court, both wore street clothes, were shackled and waived their right to bail, they accepted “voluntary detention.” They are being represented by lawyers from New York. Both will be back in court on May 14th at 11 a.m.

The Boston Globe reported on their court appearance this morning on the immigration charges.

Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Azmat Tazhayakov (left) with Dias Kadyrbayev and boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

AP reports that a lawyer for the Kazakh suspects confirms their new charges:

Boston attorney Linda Cristello represented them and confirmed they now face separate federal charges and have a court appearance this afternoon related to the Boston Marathon bombing.

The third suspect, as yet unnamed, is American.

NBC reports:

…the three are college roommates or suitemates of accused bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev and are suspected of removing items from his dorm at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

WCVB reports:

…the three are college students who may have helped the Tsarnaev brothers after the bombings by throwing away possible evidence, including a backpack full of fireworks that was in the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth dorm room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

An indictment is expected to be unsealed later today, charging the three with obstruction of justice and providing false statements. They are due in court this afternoon.

Meanwhile, police assure there is no additional threat to the public.

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