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Government source: Bells should have gone off for student in custody in Boston case

national lead

May 1st, 2013
01:05 PM ET

Government source: Bells should have gone off for student in custody in Boston case

By Jake Tapper

A U.S. government official tells CNN that the three students in law enforcement custody Wednesday are two students from Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, and another student, U.S. citizen Robel Phillipos. The official says that their case reveals more holes in information sharing.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are being charged with obstruction of justice. Complaints from the U.S. Attorney Office say they helped destroy evidence that might further implicate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the April 15 terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon, namely disposing of a backpack containing fireworks and a laptop belonging to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The complaints say Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov "admitted that they agreed to get rid of [the backpack] after concluding from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the Boston Marathon bombers."

Last Friday, law enforcement searched a landfill for evidence; those items were what they were looking for, this official says.

Two U.S. government officials caution that as of now law enforcement officials do not know that these three individuals were involved in the attack; they emphasize that all that the three are being charged with is illegal actions after the terrorist bombings.
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