Boston suspect's jailed friends shocked by bomb claims, says lawyer
BOSTON (AP) - Two university friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who were jailed by immigration authorities the day after his capture had nothing to do with the deadly attack and had seen no hints that he harboured any violent thoughts or terrorist sympathies, a lawyer for one of them said Friday.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, who are from Kazakhstan, were classmates of Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
They appeared alongside him in a recent photograph of a group of young men visiting New York City's Times Square. They were detained April 20 after being questioned in connection with the bombing, which had killed three people and injured more than 260 others a few days earlier.
"These kids are just as shocked and horrified about what happened as everyone else," Kadyrbayev's lawyer, Robert Stahl, said in a phone interview.