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US to seek death penalty for accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Published on Jan 31, 2014 3:57 AM
A man with an American flag shirt stands at the memorial site in Copley Square after the deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street April 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON, Jan 30, 2014 (AFP) - The United States is to seek the death penalty for accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted of involvement in the deadly attack, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Mr Holder said in a statement on the prosecution of the 20-year-old, a US citizen from a Chechen Muslim family.

Three people were killed and around 260 wounded on April 15 last year when two bombs made of explosives-packed pressure cookers exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon.

Tsarnaev, then 19, and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were cornered by police after a four-day manhunt. Tamerlan died after an exchange of fire with police and Dzhokhar was wounded.

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