- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2013

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said Monday it was in touch with the two Kazakh students arrested near Boston over the weekend on immigration charges after possible links to the suspected Marathon bombers emerged.

Officials said that the two were detained after investigations were launched into their activities, including suspected contacts with the two brothers believed behind last week’s blasts, according to Voice of America.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a gun battle Thursday night; his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar, was shot and apprehended Friday after a massive manhunt. He is hospitalized in serious condition.

According to the ministry officials, a Kazakh consul is in contact with the U.S. investigators and the two nationals detained Friday in New Bedofrd, Mass., VOA reported.

The twin bombings in Boston killed three people and wounded more than 180 on Monday, April 15.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Times.