Details emerge of Boston Marathon bombing suspects, police arrest Pakistan’s former president, and South America backs Venezuela’s Maduro. Today is Friday, April 19, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, April 19, 2013.
Boston bombing suspect’s webpage exalts Islam and Chechnya. Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site:
He has posted links to videos of fighters in the Syrian civil war and to Islamic web pages with titles like “Salamworld, my religion is Islam” and “There is no God but Allah, let that ring out in our hearts.” He also has links to pages calling for independence for Chechnya, a region of Russia that lost its bid for secession after two wars in the 1990s.
Police are frantically searching for the 19-year-old, who escaped a shootout that killed his older brother and second suspect in the bombings that killed three and wounded 176 people on Monday. The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few outward signs of radicalism in the United States. One MIT police officer was killed in the shootout and one transit police officer was wounded. Follow live updates here.