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FBI kills man possibly linked to Boston bombings suspects: media reports


08:46, May 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Xinhua) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shot dead a man Wednesday who was possibly linked to the Boston bombings suspects, U.S. media reported.

The shooting occurred in Orlando, Florida early Wednesday morning while a man was being questioned by an FBI agent in Florida, NBC News reported.

FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier later confirmed in a statement that an unidentified agent encountered the man while conducting official duties.

"The suspect is deceased," Couvertier said, adding no further details.

According to multiple reports by U.S. media, the man was identified as Ibragim Todashev. He allegedly attacked an FBI agent and the agent responded by shooting and killing him. Todashev was previously interviewed about his connection to the Boston bombing suspects by the FBI, and until late Tuesday had been cooperative.

An FBI incident review team was dispatched from Washington, D.C., and was expected to arrive in Orlando within 24 hours, Couvertier said Wednesday morning.

Twin explosions on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 200. The FBI identified two brothers, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, as suspects. The elder brother died after a shootout with the police. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was apprehended four days after the bombings and charged last week with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property.

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