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“The Threat Has Been Removed.”

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Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation updated the medical status of 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the following statement: “According to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition. The FBI is releasing this information at the request of the hospital.”

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Boston area law enforcement agencies took Tsarnaev into custody Friday, several agency heads collectively expressed pride and relief in his capture.

President Barack Obama said the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the City of Boston and its investigative partners for the arrest, commending Boston and Massachusetts state police, along with other law enforcement agencies.

President Obama says the case has questions about how the suspects planned the attacks, whether they had help, and why they conducted Monday’s fatal bombings that used two explosions, killing at least three people and injuring at least 180 other people.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Tim Alben says Tsarneav’s arrest followed a call from a citizen who saw him in a boat before calling police, who used a thermal-sensing detector which found a heat signature on the boat beneath some sort of covering. Alben says that a police tactical team then responded “and took him out.”

Boston bombing suspect heat signature

Alben said Friday night that Tsarnaev went to the hospital after he had a gunfight with police at the boat and during an exchange Thursday night that left his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead as the other suspect in the bombings. They also are suspects in a Thursday night execution of Massachusetts Institute of Technology policeman Sean Collier before the first gunfight. Police say that the two gunfire exchanges involved more than 200 rounds of firearm ammunition besides explosives and improvised hand grenades.

Friday night, the FBI’s site had a simple update, as follows:

Updates on Investigation Into Multiple Explosions in Boston

April 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.. EDT
Dzhokar Tsarnaev, suspect in bombing investigation, is now in custody.


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