The dark side of the internet was brought to the forefront again after it was revealed that the suspect of the Boston bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, downloaded bomb-making tutorials via the internet.
Tsarnaev was handed a 30-count indictment by a grand jury on Thursday, including the use of weapons of mass destruction and the murder of 4 people including a university police officer, and may face life imprisonment or execution.
Dzhokhar and his brother conspired to use improvised explosive devices, the indictment charged.
Tamerlan died following a gun battle with police days after the April 15 bombing, and authorities captured Dzhokhar after a massive manhunt following his escape from the same shootout.
Dzhokhar was placed in a prison hospital.
Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an Al Qaeda magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scribbled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, the indictment said.
According to the indictment, he scrawled messages on the inside of the vessel that said, among other things, “The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians,” “I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished,” and “We Muslims are one body you hurt one you hurt us all.”
Dzhokhar and his brother built these IEDs using pressure cookers, explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesives and other items designed to ‘shred skin, shatter bone, and cause extreme pain and suffering, as well as death,” the indictment said.
These IEDs were placed at the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston marathon and detonated as onlookers cheered runners at the end of the 26.2-mile race, the indictment said.