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Boston Bombings Investigation Continues

Suspects had planned to drive to New York City to explode more bombs.

The mother and father of the two Boston bombing suspects.
The mother and father of the two Boston bombing suspects.

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From VOA Learning English, this is IN THE NEWS.
 
Americans continue to follow reports on people and events linked to a bomb attack more than a week ago during the Boston Marathon.
 
Two young men are accused of carrying out the attack. The two are brothers. The surviving suspect told investigators that he and his older brother had planned to drive to New York City to explode more bombs. Nineteen year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke from a hospital where he was taken after his capture.
 
His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died last week after a gun fight with police. He was 26 years old.
 
Police say the brothers caused two explosions near the finish line for the race. The explosions killed three people, including an eight-year- old boy and wounded more than 250 others.                                                             
 
The Tsarnaev brothers came to the United States with their family as refugees from the Chechen conflict with Russia.
 
Silvia Dominguez teaches sociology at Northeastern University in Boston. She says it is important to note that the Tsarnaev brothers were not immigrants, but refugees forced from their homeland by danger and conflict. She says refugees carry strong beliefs about the conflicts they fled. She says this is especially true when they leave areas where they experienced unfair treatment.
 
“The ideology around them is very significant and very powerful. And, there is an aspect of injustice that is very difficult to not want to act on.” 
 
Russian officials had warned America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation about the older brother after he visited Russia for six months last year. American investigators have questioned the mother and father in Dagestan, where they now live separately. The investigators wanted to learn if Tamerlan Tsarnaev had contacts with Islamist extremists.
 
Professor Dominquez says it is possible that the older brother never developed an identity as an American because he left the Caucasus area during the Chechen conflict. She says young refugees know they were lucky to get out but also know that many others could not escape.
 
She says those who leave at a young age need to have a sense of belonging in their new country. She says it is very important to have activities to get young refugees involved.
 
“You know this is not just in the United States. It’s any country that receives refugees.”
                                                                     
Television broadcasts show Zubiedat Tsarnaeva arguing that her sons did not carry out the crimes. She says accusations against them are false and part of a plot.
 
Enrique Pumar teaches sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington. His recent research deals with migration and violence. He notes that the Tsarnaev family was divided with the father and mother in Russia, and their sons in the United States. He says it is much more difficult to adapt to a different country without the support of a family or a community.
 
“A lot of times immigrants that are alone and don’t have a community and support group oftentimes they suffer from status deprivation. They tend to be violent or at least deviant.”

Police have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with using a weapon of mass destruction. The crime is punishable by death.
 
And that’s IN THE NEWS. I’m Steve Ember.



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by: hasan from: Turkey
04/30/2013 10:55 AM
We believe that Islamofobia is a wrong and coined plot against to muslems . USA is the biggest and strongest country in the world. Therefore, USA must protect all world’s people against to disasters and all catastrophes. Because all resources of the world are entirely using by USA. CIA can find real criminals,if wants. I believe that VOA broadcasts honest news.


by: Olimar Oliveira from: Caetite, Bahia, Brasil
04/30/2013 8:04 AM
Great event, the big Boston marathon and quickly a explosion, three killed 250 injurieds, two youngs men made this tragedy, was sad and painful and was note in all the world.


by: John from: John
04/29/2013 1:26 PM
This is absolute nonsense.
What is the aim of this article? Thereby one can justify any crime.
If one take into account the key points of this report then nobody will not be able in safety!
It is only a “scientific” hypocrisy.
The author wants to say that these criminals are the miserable boys, to whom the USA gave a little warmth or opportunities?
In my opinion they are absolutely grown-up men with developed outlooks. One must not forget, they are from the Caucasus.
The committed crimes is the result of their ideology and their views.
And our society must understand and admit this fact.
Moreover, I think our society and state system must assume responsibility for this crime because these “refugees” lived among us.
Thank you.


by: Bach Yen from: Vietnam
04/29/2013 1:03 AM
It's so sorry for Bombing in Boston. Hundreds of people become disabled just in seconds. Refugees are always an important issue in many countries. If only everyone lived together in peace.


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
04/27/2013 4:02 PM
The brothers' mood of the festival seem to have been outweighed by their feeling of mission they were entitled to. The joy of the Americans present there and the inactivism reflect a contrast with a huge difference. But alas, what should not have been happened, happened somehow. But let us be more vigilant. Thank you.


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
04/27/2013 3:19 PM
From the photographs given, prima facie, it is as evident as daylight that their expressions, gestures and moods do not seem fit fully relevant to the context. The joy shared by others does not seem to have passed on to them either. They seem to have been obsessed by something more determined, dedicated and time-bound thing to come. I think America should have been more on the alert and secretly monitoring the movements of the elder brother, if the Russians had raised suspecion about him. I think the Russian spywork is much more sensitive than the so-called American hi-tech technological spywork. The Russians have the example of picking up a suspects earlier. They must have been hired and plotted there, I think. It calls for American security system to wake up. Thank you.


by: Edson from: Brazil
04/27/2013 1:31 PM
The U.S. should not rethink the policy of giving refuge to people who do not believe in freedom and human rights?


by: mr.kokothet from: Myanmar
04/27/2013 9:02 AM
yeah ! I support the idea of giving death sentence because of causing many people injured and died!

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