BOSTON — The city and its suburbs are in lockdown this morning as a massive manhunt intensifies for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. The search comes just hours after the suspect’s older brother was killed in a dramatic firefight with police in nearby Watertown, authorities said.
Authorites are focusing their efforts in Watertown for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the brother of the dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The Boston Globe is reporting that police fear Dzhokhar is wearing an explosive vest.
The Tsarnaevs are believed to have moved to the USA from war-torn Chechnya in 2003, along with other family members, a federal law enforcement official said. Tamerlan was studying engineering at Bunker Hill Community College in nearby Charlestown.
Their names were not known to law enforcement officials prior to the bombings, which killed three people and wounded 176. Authorities are reviewing the brothers’ possible ties to Chechnya — an area of Russia plagued by Islamic insurgency — a law enforcement official who is not authorized to comment publicly told USA TODAY.
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