Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was today indicted on 30 counts, including 17 that carry the death penalty, by a federal grand jury for the horrific April 15 attack.

The 19-year-old is charged with killing four people – three who died in the two bomb blasts and an MIT police officer who was shot dead three days later – and ‘maiming, burning and wounding scores of others’, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Other charges include using a weapon of mass destruction, carjacking, engaging in a fierce shootout with police and causing serious injuries to a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer.

The indictment also revealed a chilling confession Tsarnaev allegedly wrote inside a boat where he was found hiding four days after the bombings, reading: ‘I don’t like killing innocent people.’

But in the message, he justified his actions by adding: ‘The US Government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. We Muslims are one body, you hurt one, you hurt us all. Stop killing our innocent people, we will stop.’



Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


Tamerlan Tsarnaev




Indictment: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, (left) has been indicted on 30 counts after allegedly carrying out the Boston bombings with his brother Tamerlan (right), who later died following a shootout with police

Found: Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat parked in a yard in Watertown. Inside, he wrote that he 'didn't like killing innocent people' but explained it was revenge for the U.S. killing Muslims

Found: Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat parked in a yard in Watertown. Inside, he wrote that he ‘didn’t like killing innocent people’ but explained it was revenge for the U.S. killing Muslims.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured near the finish line of the marathon on April 15 when Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan allegedly detonated two home-made devices.

The 56-page indictment alleges that the brothers started preparing for the attack more than two months before, purchasing weapons, explosives and visiting shooting ranges.

The court documents suggest the internet played a central role in the suspects’ radicalization. They allege the brothers referred to websites for jihad propaganda and bomb-making instructions.

The indictment claimed that Tsarnaev had downloaded material from extremist jihad sites including Defense of the Muslim Lands, the First Obligation After Imam, by Abdullah Azzam, who is also known as ‘the Father of Global Jihad’.

‘This publication advocates violence designed to terrorize the perceived enemies of Islam, among other things,’ the indictment said.

Authorities said the brothers made shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs to inflict maximum devastation and put them in knapsacks near the finish line.

The bombs went off within seconds of one another, killing three people: Restaurant manager Krystle Marie Campbell, 29; a Boston University graduate student from China, Lu Lingzi, 23; and an eight-year-old boy, Martin William Richard.

Hundreds more were wounded and many had to have limbs amputated.

After images of the Tsarnaev brothers were released two days later by law enforcement, the brothers killed MIT officer Sean Collier and attempted to steal his service weapon, according to the indictment.

At the time, they were already armed with five improvised explosive devices, a Ruger P95 semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, a machete, and a hunting knife, according to the indictment.

They also allegedly carjacked a man, identified in the papers as ‘D.M.’, and forced him to take out $800 from an ATM to give them. The man managed to escape and call 911.

A shootout in a quiet Watertown neighborhood ensued and Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, was killed following the gunfire.

The indictment alleges that the younger brother contributed to the death when he drove over Tamerlan while escaping police officers during the shootout. It claims a police officer was trying to drag Tamerlan to safety when he was hit by the car.

The indictment also notes that Tsarnaev caused ‘serious bodily injury’ to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer Richard Donohue in the course of his escape.

Dzhokhar was arrested after he was found hiding in a boat parked in a backyard later that day.

He was injured during a shoot out with officers and was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to the throat. He has been held in a Massachusetts prison hospital since.