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Boston blasts suspect Tsarnaev indicted on 30 counts

Jun 28, 2013 09:19 AM IST India India

Boston: The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been indicted on 30 counts. A Federal grand jury charged him with killing four people -- three spectators who died in the bombings and a police officer ambushed in his cruiser a few days later.

Besides that, he is also charged with using a weapon of mass destruction that injured more than 260 people. 17 of these charges authorise a penalty of up to life in prison or the death penalty. He will be arraigned in July.

Police took 19-year-old Tsarnaev into custody in April after a massive manhunt. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in twin explosions near the finish line of the marathon.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed following a shootout with police on April 19. Authorities say the brothers used shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs in the bombing.

(With Additional Inputs From Associated Press)