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20 April 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL congratulates US law enforcement officers and public for close cooperation in swift resolution of Boston Marathon terrorist bomber investigation

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has commended the swift resolution of the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings as ‘a credit’ to the successful and effective investigative work involving the FBI, state and local US law enforcement authorities as well as exceptional cooperation from the public.

The INTERPOL Chief said the ‘extraordinary investigation’ which led to the identification and location of the two suspects just days after Monday’s murderous terror attacks in which three people were killed, including an eight-year-old boy, a young American woman and a young Chinese woman, and more than 170 others injured, was ‘exemplary’.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, identified by the FBI as ‘suspect two’ was taken into custody on Friday evening after a 22-hour manhunt which began following a shoot-out with law enforcement officers late on Thursday night in which his brother, ‘suspect one’ 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was fatally injured.

“The professional, thorough and coordinated investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, and the courageous actions of the officers on the ground, mean that these two terrorists no longer pose what was clearly a significant threat to both the Boston community and international visitors,” said INTERPOL's Chief.

Secretary General Noble also deplored the cold-blooded murder of 26-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was shot multiple times by the then fugitive terrorists while in his car on Thursday evening.

“The continued dedication of law enforcement officers to tracking down these suspects despite the obvious dangers to themselves is a reminder of the sacrifices and risks police officers take on a daily basis to keep members of their community safe.

“On behalf of the international enforcement community, INTERPOL extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those killed and injured in Monday’s bombings and during the conclusion of the investigation into those vicious attacks,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Since Monday’s bombings, INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre has been in close contact with INTERPOL Washington, with all messages and information requests treated with the highest priority.

At the request of US authorities, INTERPOL published an Orange Notice, or international security alert detailing the two improvised explosive devices and information about the two suspects including their fingerprints and identity documents.

The INTERPOL Chief has pledged the Organization’s continued and full support for any further requests for assistance from the US or any involved country.

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