Three men charged in relation to Boston bombing case hid suspect’s backpack: FBI

By on May 2, 2013

BOSTON — Three college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect removed a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from his university dormitory room three days after the attack, according to charges filed on Wednesday.

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are charged with conspiring to obstruct justice. A third man, Robel Phillipos, is charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

The affidavit says Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev agreed to get rid of the backpack at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth after concluding from news reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was one of the bombers. A court appearance for the three is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. The suspect’s brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died after a gunfight with police several days later. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and lies in a prison hospital.

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