Boston probe finds woman’s DNA on bomb

A woman’s DNA has been found on at least one of the explosive devices used in the Boston bombings,raising the the possibility of involvement

Written by Press Trust Of India | Boston | Published: May 1, 2013 1:23:20 am

A woman’s DNA has been found on at least one of the explosive devices used in the Boston bombings,raising the the possibility of involvement of a woman in the twin blasts last month.

The US authorities have arrested Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19,on charges of using weapons of mass destruction,while his elder brother Tamerlan was shot dead by police.

“Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks,though they haven’t determined whose DNA it is or whether its presence means a woman helped the two brothers suspected in the bombings,” The Wall Street Journal said quoting US officials. “No one should expect that the investigation is over,” an investigator was quoted as saying by Fox News,according to which this raises the possibility of involvement of a woman.

Meanwhile,federal authorities on Monday searched the Rhode Island home of parents of Katherine Russell,the widow of Tamerlan,and the nearby family of a man identified as his mysterious mentor. Federal authorities took a sample of Russell’s DNA on Monday in Rhode Island,where she has been staying with her parents,The New York Times reported.

According to the CNN,officials are also looking into whether Tsarnaev had any contact with another militant Mahmoud Mansur Nidal,18,who was killed by Russian forces in May 2012 in Makhachkala,Dagestan’s capital. The New York Review of Books reported that the authorities have identified the mysterious man called “Misha” the alleged spiritual mentor of Tamerlan. The man,Mikhail Allakhverdov,he has been questioned by the FBI. He denied being Tamerlan’s teacher.

Obama backs FBI probe

WASHINGTON:US President Barack Obama offered his support Tuesday for the FBI’s handling of the 2011 Russian intelligence tip about Tamerlan Tsarnaev,a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

“It’s not as if the FBI did nothing,” Obama said,“They interviewed the older brother. They concluded that there were no signs that he was engaging in extremist activity.” NYT

Death penalty expert to defend Dzhokhar

Boston: The defence team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ,got a major boost Monday with the addition of a prominent anti-death penalty lawyer who has managed to get life sentences for several high-profile clients.

Judge Marianne Bowler on Monday approved the appointment of death penalty expert Judy Clarke to defend 19-year-old Tsarnaev. Clarke’s clients have included the Unabomber,Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith,a woman who famously drowned her two children; Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph; and most recently Jared Loughner,who shot former Republican Gabrielle Giffords in the head. All received life sentences instead of the death penalty. AP

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