Police in the northeastern U.S. state of Massachusetts are conducting a massive manhunt for one of the suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, after killing the other one in a shootout late Thursday.
Authorities say the “white hat” suspect from the marathon bombings, known as Suspect 2, is on the loose and is “armed and dangerous.” Police are warning residents of Watertown, about eight kilometers from Boston, to stay inside their homes and refrain from answering the door to anyone but a police officer. Police are going door-to-door in their search for the fugitive.
US media are reporting the suspects are brothers of Chechen origin. The Associated Press says they are from a Russian region near Chechnya. The New York Times reports that authorities believe both suspects were Chechen.
U.S. media say the brothers were living legally in the United States, and that the suspect still at large is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
Officials say Suspect One, pictured in FBI photos in a black baseball cap, was fatally wounded in a gunfight with police late Thursday and died after being taken to the hospital. The suspects threw explosives at police as they tried to escape.
VOA reporter Carolyn Presutti, who was near the scene, described the police operation as extensive.