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Something major is going on in the Boston area right now

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UPDATE: THESE ARE NOW THOUGHT TO BE THE SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN THE BOSTON BOMBING. ONE DECEASED, ONE AT LARGE ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEOUS

A police officer is reported shot dead tonight and there are reports of explosions and a firefight going on or just concluded in Watertown, MA. There are rumors that one person is in custody and one person being chased. So far there are no links to the Boston bombings and, reader beware, there have been some stellar dumbass false reports out of that area all week. The only thing I can say for sure I’ve seen blowing up is Twitter. That being said there is rampant speculation this may be related and that one of those people involved fits the descriptions and images released earlier today. There are conflicting rumors it may be related to an armed robbery investigation.

Follow hashtag #SCanner; #Watertown; Reported on #Scanner: “We Do Not have the second suspect in custody”.

Update: Police reportedly have a suspect on the ground at gunpoint and then suddenly backed up as if he were wired or somehow posing a danger.

Update: MSNBC showing video of a suspect stretched out prone on the ground.

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  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Latest from / via(?) BBC world news :

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/19/17824210-suspects-in-marathon-bombings-are-brothers-authorities-say?lite

    The suspects in the attack on the Boston Marathon — one killed, one on the loose — are brothers of Chechen origin, at least one a legal permanent resident of the United States, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The suspect at large early Friday was identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, born in Kyrgyzstan, holding a Massachusetts driver’s license and living in the Boston suburb of Cambridge. He was the suspect in the white hat in surveillance photos from the marathon released by the FBI.

    This has yet to be officially confirmed at the press conference though.

    BBC worlds news has live coverage.

  2. lordshipmayhem says

    Pretty well every channel has live coverage right now. Friend of mine just called; he tuned into his usual sports radio station to find out that sports coverage has been replaced by live coverage of the Watertown news.

  3. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    From the same source – BBC and reported also but without names – just Chechen brothers on Aussie ABC 24 :

    His brother, who was killed in a firefight with law enforcement, was identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, born in Russia. He became a legal permanent resident in 2007, the officials said. He was the suspect in the black hat in the FBI photos.

    Chechnya was the Muslim breakaway state which has fought several wars with Russia. Chechen Islamist terrorists were responsible for a Moscow theatre massacre in 2002 and the Beslan school massacre in 2004.

    The rebel Chechens have accused Russians of many atrocities even genocide against them. I recall vaguely seeing / hearing about the Chechen capital Grozny (spelling?) being destroyed in one Russian invasion in the late 1990′s early 2000′s.

    UPDATE : A tweet posted on the BBC live coverage online apparently from Boston police now confirms this :

    weet: #WANTED: Suspect identified as 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Cambridge. Suspect considered armed & dangerous.

  4. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Correction for clarity first line above :

    From the same source – BBC and also being reported but without specific names – just “Chechen brothers” – on Aussie ABC 24.

  5. rowanvt says

    Listening to the scanner feed. Apparently the remaining suspect is posting online “I’m going to kill you all as you killed my brother.”

  6. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Police converging on the house where the second Chechen bomber is believed now.

    Both names confirmed. Wondering why they kept them so secret for so long – even at that press conference half an hour or so ago?

    Boston police commisioner (?) has called for everyone in the whole flippn’ city (yes that’s right) to stay indoors. Public transport and many roads in Boston apparently shuts down. Just in case this helps anyone.

  7. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Article on ninemsn here :

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2013/04/19/22/21/boston-suspects-chechen-brothers

    .. [ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - ed.] describes himself as speaking Chechen as well as English and Russian. His world view is described as “Islam” and he says his personal goal is “career and money.” .. [Snip] .. According to the website spotcrime.com, Tamerlan was arrested for domestic violence in July 2009, after assaulting his girlfriend.

    New details of possible interest here.

  8. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Last comment from me here tonight (promise! My time.) & totally unrelated news Unicorn chaser :

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-19/astronomers-find-most-earthlike-planets-yet/4638368

    Kepler 62 system has two potentially habitable exoplanets ( e & f – two out of five ain’t bad! Our Sun only manages one out of nine plus after all!) although usual caveats of limited knowledge so far and questions over atmospheres, etc .. apply.

    Best wishes, stay safe and thinking of y’all in Boston and also my sympathies and thoughts to all victims of terrorism world wide.

  9. lorn says

    Is this a case of two foreign boys, told that America is a land of opportunity, and expecting easy money and easy women, face defeat when they find out that the low hanging fruit in both categories are still out of their reach, sour on the society and turn to violence, with a patina of justification from radical Islamic ideology, to avenge their failure thrive in this culture.

  10. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @7.rowanvt :

    Listening to the scanner feed. Apparently the remaining suspect is posting online “I’m going to kill you all as you killed my brother.”

    See :

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/04/dzhokhar_and_tamerlan_tsarnaev_social_media_fake_twitter_accounts_for_boston.html

    It now turns out that was fake although widely reported at the time & so understandable.

    So many rumours and so much confusion at that time.

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