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April 19, 2013

Update: Intense hunt for bomb suspect paralyzes city

WATERTOWN — With one of the two Marathon bombing suspects dead but the other still free and on the run after a wild night of police chases and shootouts, Gov. Deval Patrick and other officials have temporarily suspended all Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority service this morning — including commuter rail lines to and from Cape Ann.

Thousands of officers swarmed the streets of Boston, Watertown and Cambridge in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the immediate Boston area.

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings. They lived in the Boston area — Dzhokhar in Cambridge — and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and was seen in surveillance footage in a black baseball cap, was killed overnight, officials said. His brother, a 19-year-old college student who was dubbed Suspect No. 2 and was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap in the images from Monday’s deadly bombing at the Marathon finish line — escaped.

The law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the unfolding case.

Authorities in Boston suspended all mass transit, including, temporarily, the city’s taxi services, and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for Suspect No. 2 went on. Businesses were asked not to open. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home.

From Watertown to Cambridge, police SWAT teams, sharpshooters and FBI agents with armored vehicles surrounded various buildings as police helicopters buzzed overhead.

“We believe this man to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people.”

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