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Boston Bombing Indictment: Al Qaeda Inspired Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction

By Adam Ramirez on June 27, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A federal grand jury has indicted Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on charges of using weapons of mass destruction.

Tsarnaev, 19, was inspired to act by online Al Qaeda propaganda, according to the indictment attached below. The double bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 killed four people and injured at least 264.

Tsarnaev left a confession in the back yard boat where he was captured, saying, "I don't like killing innocent people" but it was justified because of US government actions abroad.

The Boston bombing indictment alleges that sometime before the bombings Tsarnaev downloaded several different pieces of extremist Islamic propaganda from the Internet.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar's brother and the other bombing suspect, was killed after a shootout with police on April 19. Three college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly removed a backpack from his dorm room three days after the attack, according to the FBI.

Boston Marathon Indictment: Al Qaeda Inspired Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction

Read the criminal complaint filed against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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