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The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are brothers and surfaced overnight after they killed an MIT police officer and threw explosives at police in a shootout and car chase that left one brother dead and the other on the run.

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and a family member as Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, a region that has been a hotbed of Islamic insurgency and that has carried out deadly bombings in the past.

The two brothers lived near Boston and had in the United States for about a decade. Just yesterday the FBI released photo and video footage of the two suspects, asking the public for help in identifying the men. Friends who attended high school with the younger suspect said they were shocked to learn about his involvement in the bombing.

Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the Russian city of Makhachkala that his younger son, Dzhokhar, is “a true angel.”

Stay tuned as this breaking story continues to develop.


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