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Boston Bomber Search Continues; Brother Killed Overnight

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Massachusetts state police say they believe the sole surviving Boston bombing suspect is still in the state because of his ties to the area.

Late Friday afternoon Gov. Deval Patrick lifted a stay-at-home order which had been in effect for residents. 

Gov. Deval Patrick says mass transit service is resuming in Boston. Authorities in Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors. Patrick reminded people to "remain vigilant if you are out."

Two brothers are suspected of killing Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint.

Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben say the brothers spent the night in a Honda Civic and used it to carjack a Mercedes SUV.

Police said Friday at a Watertown news conference that one of the brothers stayed with the carjacking victim for a few minutes and then let him go.

They say one brother drove away in the Civic, and the other one drove away in the Mercedes.

Police say one then ditched the Civic and reunited with his brother in the Mercedes. Authorities say both suspects were in the Mercedes when they encountered police and hurled explosives at officers. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed. Police say Dzhokhar ran over his wounded older brother with a car after the gunfight - as he fled police.

The Civic was later recovered in Boston and is being processed for evidence.

The suspects' clashes with police began hours after the FBI released photos and videos of them. Monday's bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.

As a precaution police have evacuated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus where Dzhokhar is a student.

Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Friday that his nephew Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness.

From Watertown to Cambridge, police SWAT teams, sharpshooters and FBI agents surrounded various buildings as police helicopters buzzed overhead and armored vehicles rumbled through the streets. Authorities also searched trains.

"We believe this man to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people."

The brothers came from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived together in Cambridge, Mass. Tsarni says he hasn't seen them for several years.

He says the family is ashamed. He says he loves the U.S. and respects this country.

Tsarni told The Associated Press that the brothers traveled here together from Russia. He called his nephews "losers" and said they had struggled to settle themselves in the U.S. and ended up "thereby just hating everyone."

Their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the Russian city of Makhachkala that his younger son, Dzhokhar, is "a true angel." He said his son was studying medicine.

"He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here," the father said.

Government officials say Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled to Russia last year and returned to the U.S. six months later.

The mother-in-law of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed during a gun battle with police says her family is "sickened" by the horror he inflicted.

Judith Russell's daughter Katherine was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. She says her family realizes they never really knew him. She said in a statement Friday the family can't begin to comprehend the tragedy.

The Russell family lives on a cul-de-sac in a wooded, suburban neighborhood in North Kingstown, R.I. Neighbor Paula Gillette says Katherine Russell left for college a few years ago and when she came back she would dress in Muslim garb with head coverings.

The ethnic Chechen brothers are from Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia. They lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.  

One official said there are no known ties at this point to Chechen extremist groups.

Chechnya was the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994, in which tens of thousands were killed in heavy Russian bombing. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.

The senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects had collected pipe bombs, grenades and improvised explosive devices before they confronted police.Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said that the brother who fled after a furious gunfight hurled some of the devices at police as he drove away in a stolen car.

The Maryland Democrat said, "They clearly amassed a small arsenal of explosives."

Ruppersberger, who was briefed by authorities,said U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials plan to quickly pivot from their search for the surviving suspect to learn whether the brothers had any help or contact from terrorist groups inside or outside the U.S. Ruppersberger said authorities likely will ask Russian officials for evidence in Chechnya and other nearby Russian regions.

The FBI is asking people and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings to contact the bureau's Victim Assistance Call Center.

The FBI's Office for Victim Assistance provides emergency assistance, compensation and counseling to victims of domestic and international terrorism.

The call center phone number is 1-800-331-0075. Callers will be put in contact with the victim assistance office. The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates.

The Red Sox and Bruins have postponed their games while authorities search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

No makeup date was announced for the opener of the Red Sox three-game series against the Kansas City Royals scheduled for Friday night at Fenway Park. The Bruins game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden was rescheduled for Saturday.

London's police force says it will have 40% more officers on duty at the London Marathon than last year, to reassure participants and spectators in the wake of the Boston bombings.

Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry of the Metropolitan Police says there will be several hundred more officers policing Sunday's race, as well as more search dogs.

She said Friday that officers in London are in close contact with Boston police and the FBI, but have found "no link whatsoever" between London and the double bomb attack. (AP)

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