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Boston Marathon bombing suspect's two friends indicted

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(Read caption) Dias Kadyrbayev (l.) and Azamat Tazhayakov appear before Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler in Boston. The two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indicted Thursday on obstruction conspiracy charges, accused of trying to dispose of evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room.

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Two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the terrorist attack which killed three race spectators and injured more than 260 people in twin explosions at the marathon’s finish line on April 15.

According to the US attorney in Boston, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19 years old and both Kazakhstan nationals, received a text message from Mr. Tsarnaev instructing them to “take what’s there,” presumably material evidence connecting Tsarnaev to that day’s bombing.

Authorities say the two friends gathered Tsarnaev’s laptop computer, fireworks, and a backpack and took them to their apartment in New Bedford, Mass., where they placed the items in a plastic bag and put it in a dumpster. The bag and its contents were later found in a city landfill.

 
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