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Boston bombings survivor 'lucky' to be alive

A Boston Marathon bombings survivor has told ITV News he feels "unbelievably lucky" to be alive.

Marc Fucarile, who spent 100 days in hospital following the blasts last year, told Washington Correspondent Robert Moore: "I looked at a picture - right next to me there was a piece of metal fencing ... bent at a 90 degree angle around the mailbox."

Mr Fucarile said the fact he was still here with just one leg missing "is amazing."

"I have no idea how I can still talk, think, walk ... I'm definitely lucky," he added.

Boston marathon bomb attack 'instigated by brother'

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to make prosecutors turn over family-related evidence as they try to build a case that his older brother was the "main instigator" of the deadly attack, the Associated Press reported.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Credit: FBI

The defence team is seeking a host of records from prosecutors, including any evidence to support its claim the FBI had asked Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be an informant.

Read: Boston suspect pleads not guilty

Twin explosions at the April 15 marathon killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tamerlan, 26, died in a shoot-out with police four days after the attack. Dzhokhar, who was 19 at the time of the bombings, was captured soon after his brother's death and pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.

Dzhokhar's lawyers wrote: "Any surveillance, evidence, or interviews showing that Tamerlan's pursuit of jihad pre-dated Dzhokhar's would tend to support the theory that Tamerlan was the main instigator of the tragic events that followed."

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Boston marathon bomb suspect linked to triple murder

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Credit: Johannes Hirn

Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been been linked to a triple murder in September 2011, according to US court papers.

Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev is said to have implicated Tsarnaev in the murder of three men found stabbed to death, in an apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Todashev was shot and killed in May during a confrontation with police officials who had been interviewing him about his links to Tsarnaev.

According to Reuters, US media had previously reported that one of the victims was a close friend of Tsarnaev and authorities believe the killings were drug related.

Two students charged in Boston Marathon investigation

Two students from Kazakhstan have been indicted by a grand jury on obstruction of justice charges for helping the accused Boston Marathon bombers to hide evidence after the April attack that killed three people and injured 264, the US Attorney's office for Massachusetts said.

Read more: Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty to all charges

Runners continuing to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupted near the finish line of the race.
Runners continuing to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupted near the finish line of the race. Credit: Reuters

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Images released of Boston bombing suspect capture

New images of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect show him bloody and dishevelled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead after police found him hiding in a boat.

The pictures were taken by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sergeant Sean Murphy of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19 after he was captured, four days after the bombing.

He released the images to show the "real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after he was captured by police. Credit: Sergeant Sean Murphy
The suspect was found hiding on a boat looking bloodied and dishevelled. Credit: Sergeant Sean Murphy

Officer 'relieved of duty' over Boston manhunt images

The police photographer who released images from the day the surviving Boston bombing suspect was captured has reportedly been "relieved of duty".

Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson wrote:

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Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty. Post coming shortly.

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Since site is slow: Murphy has been relieved but not yet fired. Duty hearing next week.

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Has been ordered not to talk to media or anyone else about events at Watertown.

A state police spokesman said the agency did not authorise the release of the photographs.

Photos released of Boston bombing suspect's capture

A police photographer has released images from the day the surviving Boston bombing suspect was captured because he was furious with a Rolling Stone magazine cover photo.

The photographs released by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sgt Sean Murphy to Boston Magazine show a dishevelled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead.

The Rolling Stone cover which will be published on August 1.
The Rolling Stone cover which will be published on August 1. Credit: Rolling Stone

In a statement to the magazine, Sgt Murphy said Tsarnaev was evil and his photos showed the "real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine".

He said the Rolling Stone cover insulted officers killed in the line of duty, their colleagues and their families by glamorising the "face of terror".

Read: Boston bombing suspect on Rolling Stone cover

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