Agence France Presse
Published — Wednesday 24 April 2013
Last update 24 April 2013 2:45 am
BOSTON, Massachusetts: Investigators sought a motive for the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday after the surviving suspect was charged for his alleged role in the worst attacks in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who remains hospitalized, spoke only one word aloud at his bedside arraignment Monday, responding “no” when asked whether he could afford an attorney, according to a transcript of the hearing released Monday.
But he was said to be alert as he heard the charges of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and malicious destruction of property by means of deadly explosives — which carry a possibly death penalty, if convicted.
Three people died and some 200 were wounded in twin blasts at the Boston Marathon on April 15, the deadliest bombings on US soil since the 9/11 terror attacks involving hijacked airliners.
Counterterrorism agents trained in interrogating “high-value” detainees are still hoping to get answers about the brothers’ possible motive, and learn whether other attacks were in the works.
An unnamed US government source told CNN that “preliminary interviews with Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists,” and that international groups were not involved.