Officials wait to question Boston bomber

  • An interrogation group is to question the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested on Friday night after he was found injured in the backyard of a homeowner. He is currently under armed guard in hospital, where Governor Deval Patrick said the suspect was stable but still unable to communicate. The teen’s brother, Tamerlan, was killed during a shoot-out with the police.

    Three people died and more than 170 others were wounding after two bombs exploded near the finish line on Monday.

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found by a member of the public in the Boston suburb of Watertown soon after a city-wide lockdown was called off. Prosecutors are also at the hospital to determine the charges the teenager may face.

    The move has been criticized by rights activists as officials intend to question the teenager without reading him his Miranda rights, the standard statement informing suspects they have a right to a lawyer and to remain silent. The officials have defended their actions, citing a "public safety exception".

    The brothers were captured on security footage on the sidewalk before the blast. They are the sons of Chechen refugees from the Caucasus region of southern Russia. The family is thought to have moved to the U.S. in 2001 from the Russian republic of Dagestan. Dzhokhar was awarded a scholarship to pursue further education and has aspirations of becoming a brain surgeon.

    Tamerlan, 26, was an amateur boxer and described himself as a "very religious" non-drinker and non-smoker.

    According to officials, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan in 2011 after a request from a foreign government, believed to be Russia. However, agents closed the case after finding no cause for concern.