Suspect in Boston Marathon bombing indicted

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing

suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an

al-Qaida magazine,

gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later

scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he

lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

The 30-count indictment contains the bombing charges, punishable by the death penalty, that were brought against the 19-year-old

Tsarnaev in April.

But prosecutors added charges covering the slaying of an MIT police officer and the carjacking of a motorist during the getaway

attempt that left Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, dead.

"Tamerlan Tsarnaev's justice will be in the

next world, but for his brother, accountability will begin right here in

the district

of Massachusetts," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, whose

jurisdiction includes Boston, said at a news conference

with federal prosecutors.

Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded by the two pressure-cooker bombs that went off near the finish line of

the marathon on April 15.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured four days later, hiding in a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Mass.

According to the indictment, he scrawled

messages on the inside of the vessel that said, among other things, "The

U.S. Government

is killing our innocent civilians," ''I can't stand to see such

evil go unpunished," and "We Muslims are one body you hurt

one you hurt us all."

The Tsarnaev brothers had roots in the turbulent Russian regions of Dagestan and Chechnya, which have become recruiting grounds

for Islamic extremists. They had been living in the U.S. about a decade.

But the indictment made no mention of any

larger conspiracy beyond the brothers, and no reference to any direct

overseas contacts

with extremists. Instead, the indictment suggests the Internet

played an important role in the suspects' radicalization.

Before the attack, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

downloaded onto his computer the summer 2010 issue of Inspire, an online


magazine published by al-Qaida, according to the indictment. The

issue detailed how to make bombs from pressure cookers, explosive

powder extracted from fireworks, and lethal shrapnel.

He also downloaded extremist Muslim literature, including "Defense of the Muslim Lands, the First Obligation After Imam,"

which advocates "violence designed to terrorize the perceived enemies of Islam," the indictment said.

Another tract downloaded included a foreword by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American propagandist for al-Qaida who was killed in a

U.S. drone strike, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz of Massachusetts said it will be up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether to pursue

the death penalty against Tsarnaev.

The indictment assembled and confirmed details of the case that have been widely reported over the past two months, and added

new pieces of information.

For example, it confirmed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought 48 fireworks mortar shells containing about eight pounds of explosive

powder from a Seabrook, N.H., fireworks store. It also disclosed that he used the Internet to order electronic components

that could be used in making bombs.

The papers detail how the brothers then placed knapsacks containing shrapnel-packed bombs near the finish line of the 26.2-mile


The court papers also confirm that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev contributed to his brother's death by accidentally running him over with

a stolen vehicle during a shootout and police chase.

The charges cover the slaying of

Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who

authorities said was

shot in the head at close range in his cruiser by the Tsarnaevs

during their getaway attempt. The brothers tried to take his

gun, prosecutors said.

In addition, prosecutors said that during the carjacking, the Tsarnaev brothers forced the motorist to turn over his ATM card

and his password, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev withdrew $800 from the man's account.

At the same time the federal indictment was announced, Massachusetts authorities brought a 15-count state indictment against

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over the MIT officer's slaying and the police shootout.