Morning Security Brief: More on Latest Boston Arrests, Plane Debris Suspected from 9/11 Removed, Marathon Security Enhanced
The three suspects taken into custody Wednesday in connection with Boston bombings are named. Police remove piece of landing gear from plane believed to be one of the two 9-11 hijacked flights that crashed into World Trade Center. And marathon runners and spectators face increased security this weekend at the Long Island Marathon.
► More details have emerged on the three individuals arrested yesterday in connection with the Boston bombings. Federal officials say Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Robel Phillipos assisted brother suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in disposing of materials related to the April 15 attacks, including a backpack filled with empty fireworks, a jar of Vaseline, and a laptop. The three men all at one time attended the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with Dzhokhar, and all were detained for questioning shortly after the attacks. According to CNN , all three have “waived bail requests until a later court date,” and that “Phillipos faces up to eight years in prison if convicted, along with a $250,000 fine; the charges against Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov carry sentences of up to five years and $250,000 in fines.”
► Police have removed a piece from one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9-11 that was found wedged between buildings near ground zero. According to CBS , the officers used a pulley system to remove the piece of metal, which weighs about 255 pounds, and loaded it onto a flatbed truck. The part was first discovered wedged in an 18-inch space between a mosque and an apartment building, and is believed to be a piece of landing gear. When the gear was first found, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly announced that an investigation would ensue to determine which flight the part came from, United Airlines Flight 175 or American Airlines Flight 11, according to CNN .
► Security is being enhanced this weekend at the Long Island Marathon in light of the Boston attacks. Long Island Press reports that police are hoping to thwart a repeat of the April bombings, which occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, by deploying radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs in and around the race course. Runners will be required to use clear bags to carry personal belongings, and any packages or bags found near the route will be “discarded or destroyed.” No spectators will be allowed at the starting line, and no bags are allowed at the finish line.