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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.

Messrs. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were students at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth along with Tsarnaev. On April 18, the FBI posted pictures of Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an alleged co-conspirator who died the next day during the manhunt.

The next evening, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found wounded and hiding out in a covered sailboat parked behind a house in nearby Watertown, Mass.

The bombings had involved backpacks carrying pressure cookers filled with explosives and shrapnel set to detonate seconds apart.

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