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Boston bombing suspect says brother led plan and they worked alone

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The hospitalized suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told authorities that his brother created the plan for the attack and that they worked independently of any terrorist groups, news sources report.

CNN reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been unable to speak due to gun shot wounds and a tube down his throat, but he has been writing and using head movements to communicate with authorities regarding the case. Tsarnaev was shot, either when he was arrested on Friday or in an earlier shootout with police, in the head, neck, legs, and hand.

According to CNN, the suspect indicated that his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a chase with police on Friday, created the plan for the bombings because of jihadist thought.

NBC News reports that Tsarnaev also told investigators that he and Tamerlan and their plan for the bombings was not connected to any international terrorist group. He said that they learned how to make the bombs that they used on the Internet.

According to NBC News, Tsarnaev was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. and malicious destruction of property with an explosive device. If convicted of these charges, he could face the death penalty.

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