Three more suspects have been arrested in the Boston Marathon bombing case, including two college friends of captured gunman Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The allegations against them have not been disclosed.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line.Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police several days later. His brother, Dzhokhar was captured and is in a hospital prison.
Linda Cristello, a Boston lawyer who represented Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev in an immigration court confirmed her clients now face separate federal charges and have a pending court appearance related to the bombing case.
The two have been held in jail for more than a week on allegations that they violated their student visas while attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The identity of the third suspect was not released.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s relatives have said they will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it.
Amato DeLuca, lawyer for his widow, Katherine Russell, said that his client had just learned that the medical examiner was ready to release Tsarnaev’s body and that she wants it released to his side of the family.
Police said Tsarnaev ran out of ammunition before his 19-year-old brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. His cause of death has been determined but will not be made public until his remains are claimed.
“Of course, family members will take possession of the body,” his uncle Ruslan Tsarni said. “We’ll do it. We will do it. A family is a family.”
Tsarnaev’s parents are still in Russia, but he has other relatives on his side of the family in the US .
Tsarnaev’s father, Anzor, announced plans last week to travel to the US in the hope of burying his elder son, but he now says he has changed his mind because he is suffering from headaches and high blood pressure.