Boston Marathon bombings

On April 15, 2013, two bomb blasts rocked the annual Boston Marathon, injuring more than 170 people and killing three others: Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Campbell, 29; and Lu Lingzu, 23, a Chinese student at Boston University. The suspects later forced a standoff with authorities. They were identified as two ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia who had been in the US for about a decade, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, who died in the gun battle. Dzhokhar was arrested on April 19, 2013.

Jury selection begins in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Jury selection begins in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Jury selection begins in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the 2013 bombings that killed three people and wounded 264 at the end of the Boston Marathon.

Tuesday, 6 January, 2015, 4:10pm

Boston Marathon bomber’s trial set to begin as jurors selected

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch during a pre-trial hearing. Photo: Reuters

The trial of the only suspect in the Boston bombings begins today with jury selection, 20 months after the attack that turned the city’s annual marathon into a scene of carnage.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, a young Muslim of Chechen origin, faces the death penalty for the bombing that was the worst act of terror on US soil since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

6 Jan 2015 - 9:58am

Friend of Boston bombing suspect told string of lies, trial hears

Robel Phillipos (left) is charged with lying to the FBI about being in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (right) dormitory room when two other friends removed Tsarnaev's backpack and other potential evidence. Photos: AP

A US prosecutor told a jury that a friend of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had lied repeatedly to the FBI during the investigation into the deadly attack.

8 Oct 2014 - 3:45am

Friend of Boston bomb suspect pleads guilty to removing evidence

A courtroom sketch of Dias Kadyrbayev.Photo: AP

A college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded guilty to removing evidence of the deadly 2013 attack.

22 Aug 2014 - 9:39pm 1 comment

Boston Marathon suspect boasted of his bomb-making skills: prosecutor

A courtroom sketch shows Azamat Tazhayakov (left). Photo: AP

Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a friend a month before the attack that he knew how to make a bomb, a US prosecutor told jurors at the friend's obstruction trial.

8 Jul 2014 - 9:56pm

Nearly 36,000 runners reclaim Boston Marathon one year after attacks

Athletes from the elite women field start during the 118th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Photo: Reuters

Tens of thousands of runners, cheered by a multitude of spectators, set off through the streets of Boston on Monday to reclaim the world’s oldest marathon from the fear left by last year’s deadly twin bombing.

22 Apr 2014 - 6:28pm

Could Boston bombings been prevented with an arrest?

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (left) and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Photo: AP

It was a shocking slaying in a Boston suburb that sometimes goes years without one homicide, let alone three at once. The victims' throats had been sliced in a home on a tree-lined street, marijuana and cash strewn over their bodies.

16 Apr 2014 - 10:00pm

FBI agent 'justified' in shooting Boston bomb suspect's friend, says Florida prosecutor

Ibragim Todashev, who was shot dead during an interrogation.

An FBI agent who shot dead a friend of one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers during an interrogation will not face criminal prosecution, a Florida prosecutor said yesterday.

26 Mar 2014 - 4:11am

FBI agent in Boston bombings in clear over shooting of suspect's friend

Ibragim Todashev

Investigators have concluded an FBI agent should be cleared of wrongdoing over the fatal shooting of a Chechen immigrant while he was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, a US law enforcement official said.

23 Mar 2014 - 6:39am

'Detrimental' statement by Boston Marathon bomb suspect claimed

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

An FBI agent overheard Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make a "statement to his detriment" when his sister visited him in prison, US prosecutors said. Prosecutors did not reveal what Tsarnaev said, but they objected to what they called an attempt by Tsarnaev's lawyers to suppress the statement.

2 Mar 2014 - 6:06am

Boston runners to honour slain Chinese student

Lu Lingzi had just aced her exams before she died. Photo: SCMP

The organisers of the Boston Marathon have reserved 15 places for runners to compete in honour of Lu Lingzi, the mainland student who died in the bombing attack on the event last year, local media have reported.

7 Feb 2014 - 5:33am

US to seek death penalty for accused Boston bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, at the time of his capture on April 19, 2013

Accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, the US government’s chief prosecutor said on Thursday.

31 Jan 2014 - 7:24am

Rolling Stone sparks storm with Boston bombing suspect cover

Rolling Stone magazine's decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, on the cover of its latest issue has ignited a firestorm of outrage online. Photo: AFP

Rolling Stone defended on Wednesday a cover story on Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which triggered angry claims that it was “glamorising terrorism” and calls to boycott the US magazine.

19 Jul 2013 - 1:59am 1 comment

Chinese Boston bombing victim's family to get US$2.2m

Lu Lingzi. Photo: AP

The family of a Chinese graduate student killed in the Boston Marathon bombing will reportedly receive US$2.2 million compensation, prompting a social media outcry over the lack of comparable assistance for disaster victims on the mainland.

10 Jul 2013 - 5:40am 5 comments

Boston bombing suspect allegedly wrote anti-US messages inside boat

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, according to US federal prosecutors.

29 Jun 2013 - 5:01am