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Magazine cover photo of accused Boston bomber sparks outrage

Published on Jul 18, 2013 12:30 AM
This image courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine shows the August 1, 2013 cover of Rolling Stone. The magazine's decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, on the cover of its latest issue has ignited a firestorm of outrage online. -- PHOTO: AFP

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials reacted with outrage on Wednesday to an upcoming cover of Rolling Stonemagazine, featuring an image of accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that was described by Mayor Thomas Menino as "a disgrace".

"It's a total disgrace, that cover of Rolling Stone," Mr Menino told reporters at the opening of a rail station. "It should have been about survivors or first responders. Why are we glorifying a guy who created mayhem in the city of Boston? I am going to be in touch with the publishers and tell them how I feel about it."

Tsarnaev is the survivor of a pair of brothers accused of carrying out the worst mass-casualty attack on United States soil since the attacks on Sept 11, 2001, killing three people and injuring more than 260 at the Boston Marathon on April 15 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs.

The August issue of the magazine depicts Tsarnaev, with long, shaggy hair and sporting a light beard and mustache, over the headline: "The bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

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