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Boston bombing suspects: What's known about Tsarnaev brothers so far?

Immigrants Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died Friday after a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains at large, have lived in the Boston area for years. What may have prompted the Boston bombing remains a mystery.

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This combo of photos shows what the FBI is calling 'Suspect No. 1' (l.) and 'Suspect No. 2' (r.) walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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Updated at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case are brothers who appear to have roots in Chechnya, a region of Russia long roiled by Islamic insurgency. But they have lived in the United States for years, and law enforcement officials remain uncertain why they might have set explosives near the finish line of Boston’s iconic footrace and whether they have ties to any international terrorist organization.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect killed overnight in a shootout with police as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was born in Russia. His younger brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, born in Kyrgyzstan, fled the scene and on Friday was the subject of a massive manhunt in the Boston suburbs.

According to NBC News, the Tsarnaev brothers entered the US with family in 2002 or 2003. Tamerlan Tsarnaev became a permanent resident in 2007.

Other reports indicated that the Tsarnaev family had stayed for a time in Kazakhstan prior to their immigration to America.

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