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Taxi driver charged with attacking FBI agents probing Boston bombings

Published on May 30, 2014 10:22 PM

BOSTON (AFP) - A 23-year-old taxi driver was charged Friday with obstructing FBI agents investigating the Boston Marathon attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others last year.

Khairullozhon Matanov, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan working legally in the United States, was friends with the alleged bombers and shared their justification for violence, say US officials.

He is accused of lying to FBI agents about his friendship, contact and communication with the suspected bombers after the April 15, 2013 attacks, and about his beliefs about violence.

He was charged on one count of destroying and falsifying records by allegedly deleting videos and Internet searches from his computer, and three counts of making false statements.

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