How Dzhokhar's Friends Learned the Truth: FBI
Tsarnaev's reply to suspicions: 'LOL'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 2, 2013 2:29 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
This undated photo shows, from left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, from Kazakhstan, with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/VK)

(Newser) – An FBI affidavit sheds light on how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's newly arrested friends allegedly discovered his involvement in the Boston bombings—and how they hid the evidence. About a month before the bombings, Tsarnaev had told classmates Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov that he'd learned how to make a bomb, the affidavit says, per the AP; Kadyrbayev says he thought his friend was joking. But on April 18, Kadyrbayev and another friend, Robel Phillipos, recognized what appeared to be their buddy in FBI photos of the suspects. Kadyrbayev texted Tsarnaev, noting the similarity in appearance—though shortly after the bombing, the Christian Science Monitor notes, Tsarnaev had reportedly shortened his hair.

Tsarnaev wrote back, "LOL." Later, he texted, "You better not text me," and, "Come to my room and take whatever you want." The three friends headed to Tsarnaev's dorm, but he wasn't there; his roommate let the group inside, where they found a backpack full of fireworks with the powder removed. That confirmed their suspicions, Kadyrbayev said. Kadyrbayev considered ways to hide the evidence as the friends, Phillipos said, started "to freak out." Kadyrbayev pushed to get rid of the backpack; according to the affidavit, Phillipos responded, "Do what you have to do." Authorities later found the backpack in a landfill. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are from Kazakhstan, and the country today announced that it condemns terrorism and is cooperating with the US investigation, Reuters reports.

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May 2, 2013 9:07 AM CDT
This whole tragic incident has been a clusterfu#k since before it even took place. The CIA and the FBI were warned by the Russians about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and yet they thought he wasn't a threat enough to be concerned which proved to be wrong. Now, friends of, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, tried to cover up bomb making materials they found in his dorm room. The blame is squarely on the CIA and FBI, and people in these agency's need to be fired, but that won't happen. And it still won't bring back the dead or help ease the suffering of those who have been maimed.
May 2, 2013 9:05 AM CDT
Those Kazakhs have frying pan faces!
May 2, 2013 8:33 AM CDT
I got a feeling these punks are going to be made an example of, and rightfully so. When your god damned suspicions are confirmed that you're buddy is a terrorist, there's two choices (and only two) you can make; help him or turn him in. These ungrateful non-Americans chose wrong and I hope they end up at Riker's. They look like they'd be pretty popular in prison.