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Boston bombings suspect may never speak again: Hospital head

Iran Press TV

Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:40AM GMT

The director of the hospital treating a Boston bombings suspect says he has been severely wounded and may never be able to speak again.

Kevin Illan Tabb, an Israeli, said 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been wounded in throat and tongue.

On April 15, twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170.

Dzhokhar was wounded in a shootout with police early on April 19, when his 26-year-old brother, another bombing suspect, Tamerlan, was killed. The teenager was arrested later in the day.

Tom Menino, the Boston mayor, said on Sunday that Tsarnaev was in a "very serious" condition.

'And we don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual,' he said, without further elaboration. Officials have said they are struggling to keep Tsarnaev alive, hoping that he will be able to shed light on the attack.

The mother of the two suspects has said that her sons were "really innocent" and have been "set up."

"It is really, really a hard thing to hear. And being a mother, what I can say is that I am really sure, I am, like, 100 percent sure, that this is a setup," Zubeidat Tsarnaev said.

The two brothers are also accused of killing a police officer on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology on April 18.

Police say the two men were armed with explosives and guns when they battled law enforcement officers in the Boston suburb of Watertown early on April 19. Authorities say the suspects hurled explosives from a stolen car as they fled a swarm of police officers who exchanged gunfire.


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