(UPDATE) Boston bombing suspects were planning more attacks, throat injury delays Tsarnaev interrogation

A photograph of Djohar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK), as pictured on a monitor and a mobile phone Credit: Reuters
A photograph of Djohar Tsarnaev, who is believed to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK), as pictured on a monitor and a mobile phone
Credit: Reuters

After a violent, grueling week, investigators have yet to charge 19-year-old terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following his arrest Friday for allegedly carrying out last week’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Investigators said today Dzhokhar and his brother Tamarlen Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in a shootout Thursday night, were likely planning to launch more violent attacks following Monday’s attack, as investigators discovered an arsenal of deadly weaponry in their possession.

However evidence suggests that the brothers acted alone, and that the city is safe.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a press event today that he’s “satisfied there are no explosive devices in the area of Boylston Street,” but said Tsarnaev, who is suspected of killing three and injuring more than 180 people last Monday, was in no condition to be interrogated.

Davis said earlier police discovered at least four unexploded devices including one similar to the two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails and ball bearing used in the twin blasts Monday.

Tsarnaev was arrested Friday night following a 24-hour manhunt and lock down. He was ultimately found hiding in a boat in a Watertown driveway after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Tamerlan died the night before during a shootout with police that left behind roughly 250 spent shells.

Davis said Tsarnaev is in “critical but stable condition,” at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where a number of bombing victims have also been treated.

A senior law enforcement official confirmed to NBC that Tsarnaev is suffering from a wound to his throat that has left him unable to talk, and Gov. Deval Patrick on Saturday backed up that claim, saying Tsarnaev was “unable to communicate.”

A source close to the investigation told Reuters he had tongue damage.

There is a special interrogation team from the FBI that is standing by to talk to him, Davis said, but as of deadline tday that hadn’t happened.

Federal prosecutors prepared criminal charges yesterday, which could be brought forth today.

The ethnic Chechens came to the United States 10 years ago. Their parents, who moved back to southern Russia, have said their sons were framed.

A man who calls himself the suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said Friday that Dzhokhar is “a true angel,” and told the Associated Press, “They were set up, they were set up… I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan.” He also said he wanted the judicial system to “investigate everything, who’s right and who’s guilty.”

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