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Three more suspects in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing appeared in court earlier Wednesday afternoon.
The Justice Department says two of them - Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayez– are nationals of Kazakhstan. They are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. The third – a U.S. citizen identified as Robel Phillipos - is charged with making false statements.
All three are friends of Dhokhar Tsarnaev, and fellow students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Officials caution they have not yet discovered evidence proving the three knew about the attacks beforehand, though the affidavit reads that Tsarnaev had told the two Kazakh students that "he knew how to make a bomb." The students are instead being detained for their actions after the bombings.
Representative Peter King (R-NY) a member of the Homeland Security Agency, is not convinced Tsarnaev hadn’t discussed his plans with the three young men prior to the attack.
“They were in contact with the younger brother, they texted him. He wrote back to them with "LOL", and then advised or urged them, it appears, to go to his room to take the evidence out,” King said. “Would he have done that if he didn't trust them, if somehow they didn't know something was going on? And then they go to the room, they take it out, and then they decide to help a friend.”
King also doubts that Tsarnaev acted alone.
“The people I spoke to in the investigation, most of them are operating on the presumption others are involved,” King said. “I’m not saying there’s evidence others were involved. But when they look at the totality of the circumstances, it's hard to believe that these two defendants, these two terrorists could have done all of this on their own.”
Rep. King said that he has not yet received an official briefing on Tazhayakov, Kadyrbayez, and Phillipos’s arrest, but said the FBI expects to receive more information about the terrorist attack from the three men.