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Search for Boston Bombers

One suspect has been killed. A second man is on the run.

Police patrol through a neighborhood in Watertown, Mass., while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.Police patrol through a neighborhood in Watertown, Mass., while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Police patrol through a neighborhood in Watertown, Mass., while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Police patrol through a neighborhood in Watertown, Mass., while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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American law enforcement officials this week looked for suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed when two bombs exploded near the finish line on Monday. More than 170 others were injured.

On Thursday, federal investigators released a video tape and pictures taken around the time of the Boston bombings. The images showed two young men carrying backpacks. Officials believe the bombs were transported in the bags.

On Friday, police identified the suspects as brothers and ethnic Chechens. The two were born in Kyrgyzstan and lived for several years in Dagestan before coming to the United States as refugees.

The uncle of the brothers spoke to reporters from his home in the state of Maryland. He says the brothers’ family is Muslim. He also confirmed their ethnic identity.

The issue of identity is complex. 

Aslan Doukaev directs the North Caucasus Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He spoke to us from the Czech Republic. 

“Yes, I am familiar--I’m myself of Chechen origin and I know the social structure and I think I can speak about that. But if we’re going to talk about these two young persons, they had, they lived all their lives outside of Chechnya so it’s probably, it is probably not, would be not correct on my part to speak about them as part of this Chechnya, Chechen society or Chechen environment.

Mr. Doukaev says the young men appear to be unlike other terror suspects.

“I’m really personally a little bit baffled and confused because they do not fit the normal profile of, you know, North Caucasus terrorists. They are urban. They are well educated. They were probably well integrated in American society. So they do not fit the profile of people I’m used (to), as a journalist, to deal with.”

Stephanie Nawyn is an assistant professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. She has studied refugee resettlement and social inclusion of both male and female refugees. She says many refugees can experience a lack of belonging in a new country.

“Most will tell you that it takes about five to six years, to feel like they can be part of their communities. And most refugees actually do get to that point, where they feel integrated. But this initial alienation is quite common. However, it very, very rarely translates into this kind of anti-social behavior.”

She says that when violence takes place, it is the work of young people who came to the country as children.

Stephanie Nawyn also sees a difference between male and female refugees.

“I think, too, it is important to recognize this almost always happens among men. And among men who feel like they aren’t able to achieve the kinds of status that they would like or that they are deserving of and that is not just a threat to them, you know, to their sense of what they deserve based on their class status. But it is a threat to what they feel they deserve as men.”

And that’s IN THE NEWS, written by George Grow and Onka Dekker. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.



 
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by: Anonymous
04/24/2013 2:01 PM
in my opinion this is not a mistake a Obama administation. Issue is also in India because all time many women are raped by men. In texas was accident not terrorist attack. All terrorists should be catch and go to jail.


by: Anonymous
04/24/2013 1:43 PM
in my opinion a bigger issue is in India because all time many women are raped by men.


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
04/23/2013 6:52 AM
In my own personal view, I think the Obama administration has slipped a little away from protecting her citizens. The recent incidents in Boston and Texas shows that terrotists can escape their watchful eyes. Ever since the Nov.11 attacks, America should have been on the lookout (be lie on the watch for) for picking out new suspects in her every festivals and celebrations where the crowd is likely to surmount. The larger the crowd, the more successful are the terrorists suspposed to be. In my own humble vision, the muslim community should be closely observed irrespective of their social status, good living etc. as they are easily and more likely to be fallen prey into the hands of terrorists , esp. youn men as they cannot mix their identity fully with the indegenious Americans. But it should not be underestimated that there are hundreds of 'culturally set Muslim gentle men' prevaling widespread in many American cities too. So it is fully upto you to pick ou false coins from among genunine jewels. I'm sure that the terrorists are not at rest. So should be the officers incharge to keep the security of American people too. Thank you.


by: Ricardo Vieira from: Brazil
04/21/2013 2:11 PM
I feel angry when I see what intolerance and ambition of some people is able to do. I know the pain of injured people and families who have lost loved ones will not be forgotten, but I hope that time will help heal suffering.


by: AWAD HABIB from: SUDAN
04/21/2013 7:31 AM
The people who are doing like this things (Bombing) are not really human


by: Olimar Oliveira from: Caetite, Bahia Brasil
04/20/2013 7:15 PM
The American police are very efficient and quickly identified two young, two refugees foreign quickly begin the search, they found the suspects, arrest them and solve the problem. congratulations for the american police.


by: Adriano from: Brazil
04/20/2013 6:44 PM
Those responsible for this horrible and barbaric act of terrorism should be prosecuted and brought to justice.


by: Jean
04/19/2013 11:27 PM
I feel very sad and sorry for the terrible bombing attack at the Boston Marathon. May people killed rest in Heaven and people injured recover soon. It is a hard week for everyone.

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