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April 20, 2013

Bombing suspect in custody

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was captured hiding out in a boat parked in a backyard last night, as his older brother lay dead, in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area.

The bloody endgame came four days after the bombing and just a day after the FBI released surveillance-camera images of two young men suspected of planting the pressure-cooker explosives that ripped through the crowd at the Marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

The two men were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge. Investigators gave no details on the motive for the bombing.

Early Friday morning, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a ferocious gun battle and car chase during which he and his younger brother hurled explosives at police from a stolen car, authorities said. The younger brother managed to escape.

During the getaway attempt, the brothers killed an MIT policeman and severely wounded another officer, authorities said.

After a tense, tumultuous, all-day manhunt and house-to-house search by thousands of SWAT team officers with rifles and armored vehicles, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was cornered in a Watertown backyard, where he exchanged gunfire with police while holed up in a boat, authorities said.

He was taken away on a stretcher and was hospitalized in serious condition with unspecified injuries, police said.

Just before 9 p.m., Boston police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. Later they wrote: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

A cheer went up from a crowd of bystanders in Watertown.

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