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April 24, 2013

New Details in Boston Bombing Investigation

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A week after two bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding almost 180 others, new details have emerged about the two brothers accused of carrying out the attacks.

The wife of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev said she was unaware of her husband’s bomb plot, and that it “came as an absolute shock”. She offered condolences to the families of those who were hurt or killed in the bomb blasts and is cooperating with authorities.

Meanwhile, the second suspect in the bombings, 19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev, is currently recovering in the hospital from a wound to the throat that has led investigators to wonder whether he would ever be able to speak again. However, his condition has been upgraded from serious to fair, and both The Washington Post and The New York Times are reporting that he has admitted his role in the attack.

Investigators say they have found no links between the brothers and larger foreign terror networks, indicating that the brothers acted independently.

In Russia, the mother of the two suspects continues to deny the charges against her sons, saying, “I’m a mother…I know my kids. I — really, my kids would never get involved into anything like that.”

Warm up questions

1. What do you know about the attack on the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon Monday afternoon?

2. How did you find out about the attacks?

3. What is terrorism?

Discussion questions

1. What did you find most interesting about this video?

2. Terrorism is a hard term to define. How do you do define terrorism?

3. Do you think it’s important to have a universal definition of terrorism? Why or why not?

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