Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on charges including use of weapons of mass destruction and killing four people. U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, made the announced via Twitter and Boston’s WBUR obtained a copy of the 30-count indictment.
At least 265 people were injured in the April 15 double-bombing attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev was captured by police April 19 after an extensive manhunt that shut down most of the Boston area. His brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunfight with police while evading arrest.
The indictment against Tsarnaev includes bombing, firearms and carjacking charges. It also describes events leading up to the explosions, stating that Tsarnaev “walked to the front of the Forum restaurant at 755 Boylston Street, where he placed a backpack concealing an IED constructed from a pressure cooker, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, electronic components, and other materials, among a dense crowd of Marathon spectators that included men, women, and children.”
It says that Tsarnaev then called his brother, Tamerlan, on a cell phone. Then both brothers detonated the bombs each had placed in the middle of dense crowds.