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Boston Bombing Suspect Released From Hospital

Brianna Sacks |
April 26, 2013 | 8:39 a.m. PDT


(Tsarnaev brothers/Wikimedia commons)
(Tsarnaev brothers/Wikimedia commons)
Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was released from the Beth Israel Medical Center and transferred to a specialized secure federal facility for inmates who need medical care in central Massachusetts, the Associated Press reported.

Tsarnaev left Beth Israel overnight and was taken to the Federal Medical Center Devens, about 40 miles west of Boston, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday. the 19-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his throat, preventing him to speak, as well as other injuries sustained during the manhunt through Watertown, Mass. last week.

U.S. Officials are also now reporting that a U.S. counterterrorism task force had received a warning that a militant suspect had taken a long trip to Russia and returned to the U.S., referring to Dzhokar's older brother, Tamerlan, the second suspect in the Boston bombing case who died in a firefight with police last week.

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Russia apparently warned a single U.S. Customs and Border Protection official assigned to Boston's Joint Terrorism Task Force nine months ago about Tamerlan's six month trip. The task force was one of many multi-agency organizations set up across the country after 9/11 to ensure that clues and tips were passed along, according to the Washington Post.

However, officials said that there is no record that the anonymous customs officer notified any other members of the task force, including FBI agents who had previously interviewed Tamerlan.

The FBI opened an investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 after Russian officials suspected that he was becoming radicalized and could be planning an attack in Russia, said the Post.

Lawmakers are now expressing concern that U.S. counterterrorism procedures are not stringent enough and suffer from persistent gaps, as U.S. officials said the FBI was aware of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trip but did not reopen its inquiry because no new information indicated he was a threat.

Boston authorities also said they would have reacted differently if the Boston Regional Intelligence Center was notified about the FBI investigation, according to the Boston Globe.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told authorities that he and his brother had planned to bomb Times Square according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Originally, Tsarnaev said that he and his brother, Tamerlan, were going to party in New York, but admitted during questioning on Thursday that they were going to set off their remaining explosives in Times Square.

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But Dzhokhar refused to answer any more questions after he was read his Miranda rights by Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler on Monday. He had been questioned for 16 hours over two days.

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