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Boston bombing suspect awake, responding – reports

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06:51 AM April 22nd, 2013

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April 22nd, 2013 06:51 AM

In this undated photo provided by Robin Young, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, poses for a photo after graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Tsarnaev has been identified as the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, April 19, 2013. AP

BOSTON, Massachusetts – The surviving Boston bombing suspect is awake and responding to questions in writing, several US media outlets reported late Sunday.

Dzokhar Tsarnaev, who is being treated in hospital for serious wounds sustained during a manhunt, is the main suspect behind Monday’s twin bombings that killed three people and wounded 180 others at the Boston Marathon. His older brother, killed in a shootout with police, is also a suspect.

NBC News, citing federal officials, reported that despite a throat injury that keeps him from talking, the 19-year-old was beginning to respond to questions from investigators.

ABC News said Tsarnaev was responding “sporadically” in writing and that investigators were asking about other potential cell members and unexploded bombs.

USA Today also cited a law enforcement official as saying he was awake and responding in writing, adding that investigators were probing the possibility that his neck wound was self-inflicted.

Earlier Sunday, Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis had told reporters that Tsarnaev was in “critical but stable condition.”

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