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US authorities have arrested three college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, two Kazakh men and a US citizen, on suspicion of lying to investigators and obstructing justice in connection with the deadly bombing, federal prosecutors in Boston said Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.
Kazakh citizens Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, and Dias Kadyrbayev, also 19, have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by plotting to dispose of a laptop and a backpack containing fireworks that belonged to suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the US District Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement.
The third man, 19-year-old Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was charged with lying to law enforcement officials during the investigation into the April 15 bombing, in which explosive devices were detonated near the finish line of the race, killing three people and injuring more than 250, federal prosecutors said.
There was no indication Wednesday that the three men were suspected of helping to plan or carry out the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
Several US media outlets reported that the three suspects were roommates of Tsarnaev, 19, who evaded a chaotic police manhunt for hours before he was apprehended in the Boston suburb of Watertown on April 19. He has since been charged with using “a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.”