Washington: The US federal judge in Boston formally sentenced 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 Boston marathon bombing attacks and the killing of a police officer when on the run, media reported on Thursday.
Before the court judge read out the ruling, Tsarnaev broke a two- year silence apologizing to victims for the bombings he and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev unleashed at the finish line of the marathon in April 2013, which killed three people and injured 260, Xinhua news agency reported.
“I’d like to now apologize to the victims and survivors,” Tsarnaev spoke at the Boston courtroom before the federal judge announced the ruling of sentencing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.
“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the damage that I have done, the irreparable damage,” he added in low voice. (IANS)
Zawahri became al Qaeda’s leader after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, urged Muslims to take captive as many Westerners as possible, especially those whose countries had joined the “Crusaders’ Campaign led by the United States”.
The veteran Egyptian-born Islamist, shown wearing white robes and sitting in front of green velvet drapes, said the Western captives could then be exchanged for Muslim prisoners.
Western powers “are criminals and they only understand the language of force”, he added.
The nearly hour-long video includes images of Tsarnaev but gave no indication of the location of Zawahri, believed to be based close to the Afghan-Pakistan border.