The FBI is hunting a 12-man terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings.
The Bureau believes that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received training in bomb-making before they carried out the attack, which killed three people.
Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a shoot-out with police in the early hours of Friday. His brother Dzhokhar is in intensive care at a Boston hospital, and remains unable to speak due to gunshot wounds to the neck.
It emerged that a man and two women were arrested 60 miles from Boston in the port of New Bedford in the hours before Dzhokhar’s capture. The three are believed to be of college age.
A source close to the investigation said: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google.
“They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills and it is now our job to find out just who they were. Agents think the sleeper cell has up to a dozen members and has been waiting several years for their day to come.”
More than 1,000 FBI agents have been assigned to track down the cell. A specialist team of CIA and FBI interrogators is on hand at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, waiting to question Dzhokhar.
The FBI has admitted interviewing Tamerlan two years ago, at the request of the Russian government, but said it wound up its inquiries after interviews with Tamerlan and other family members “did not find any terrorism activity, domestic or foreign”.
The FBI now says the pair were part of a terrorist cell, though they were not under surveillance at the time of the bombings, US Government officials said.
The brothers were carrying six bombs, a handgun and a rifle at the time of the shoot-out in which Tamerlan was killed. Three devices – thought to be pipe bombs – were detonated.
The IBTimes? Really? No, the bombs were crude and guess what…? They had no gun permits!
Which is more difficult to obtain?
A naturalized citizenship or a gun permit?
Because one of these guys had just become a US citizen.
AMERICA is not the garbage of the WORLD,
she is being treated as if so, by OBAMA,
anybody can come from the BORDERS, from 150 COUNTRIES we where told, and they come by thousands no check up for who what where they come from,the GOVERNMENT act as if AMERICA is desperate so much it open to anyone,
that was okay at her beginning the call for the world to sent her tired her not wanted ecetera,
but no more needed now, she need to live with what she have now and take a breath, and look at all the mix
and cut the haters who are poisoning the good citizens, send them criminal away,
it’s AMERICA turn to select and return the prisoner back to their countries
who send them to get rid of them, using AMERICA AS A GARBAGE CAN,
and the citizens here will live happy again safe and unafraid for their children anymore
for more CENTURIES to heal and clean and rebuilt the damage done to her,
and never again treat her as a garbage can where all the COUNTRIES throw their garbage at us,
Bombing suspect won’t be charged as ‘enemy combatant’….
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” but rather will be prosecuted “through our civilian system of justice,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
I bet nether his FEDERAL DA nor his FEDERAL PA will object to this.
Funny how Obama gets his legal picks on both sides of the trial.