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Boston Bombings Latest Developments: Dzhokhar Arrested and Celebrations in Town

The second suspect of the Boston Marathon Bombing was captured alive after a long manhunt. Boston burst into celebrations as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into police custody.

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Boston Bombings Latest Developments: Dzhokhar Arrested and Celebrations in Town

A great news for not only Boston residents but for whole U.S. is the arrest of second suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Although his brother was dead, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remained at large. Then what looked like a blood-soaked body beneath a tarpaulin covering a boat was reported to the authorities. It turned out to be a wounded Dzhokhar. He was immediately arrested on Friday night and taken to a hospital since he had lost a significant amount of blood. According to police, he will be questioned the moment he recovers.

The area of Watertown was the scene of a drawn-out battle between police and the two brothers who happened to be US citizens of Chechen origin. The elder one named Tamerlan died in the shootout but the younger one who was 19 got away. Finally, when the police caught him and announced the good news, Bostonians started dancing in the streets and shouting out “USA! USA!”

The brothers had hijacked a car and were going at full speed. They threw what looked like grenades at the police. A cop was critically wounded and passed away in the hospital. Several others were injured in the process. The two brothers also kidnapped a man and used his ATM card to gain access to some cold hard cash. It was a time of terror and extreme fright for residents of Watertown. The curfew was enforced throughout the area.

Afterwards there were a few gunshot sounds along with a few blasts. At long last the criminal mind behind the Boston tragedy was taken into custody. The Boston Police posted a tweet that said: “The hunt is over. The search is done. Then terror is over. And justice has won.” It was a time of jubilant triumph for the people of Boston as well as the rest of the United States.

President Obama had only words of thanks for the good job done to capture the perpetrator. But he also spoke of how there were a few questions that were left unanswered such as “why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and country resort to such violence?”

Meanwhile, the celebrations took on an air altogether different from the tragic climate that was so rampant a day or two ago. Finally, the police and authorities told the crowd that they should just go home instead of expressing their happiness in such an explicit way. But nevertheless the flag waving and cheerful joyousness spread beyond its limits.

It seems the radical militancy that gives rise to such extremist acts of terrorism arise from peculiar circumstances. When the father of the two brothers was contacted in Russia he didn’t have much to say in defense of his two sons. He spoke of how Dzhokhar was a “true angel.” He was in fact expecting him to come home on vacation. The lad had even received a $2500 scholarship.

The two terrorists’ uncle, on the contrary, told a completely different story to NBC News. He reported how they were losers who had fought hard to survive in the United States and that is why they became haters of mankind in the end. Chechnya, the place of origin for the terrorists, is a hotbed of revolutionary extremism. President Obama has been in touch on the hotline with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin. He in particular thanked Russia for its help in counter-terrorist activities.

For now the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has assuaged the anger and sadness of many people whose family members and friends either got wounded badly or killed in the Marathon. The family of one victim especially thanked the police for the sense of security they had brought to the community.


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