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FBI: 3 removed backpack from Boston suspect's room

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 12:20am  ET

BOSTON (AP) -- An FBI affidavit lays out how three college friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect now find themselves facing charges.

The document based on interviews with the young men says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) had told two of them about a month before the marathon that he'd learned how to make a bomb. But the men say they didn't connect Tsarnaev with the bombing until they saw his picture on TV three days after the attack.

The FBI says that prompted them to try to get rid of their friend's backpack, which contained fireworks that had been emptied of their gunpowder, and his laptop.

Two of the three are from Kazakhstan. Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov) and Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) have been held in jail for more than a week on allegations they violated their student visas by not regularly attending class at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. They are now charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by concealing and destroying evidence.

The third man is identified as Robel Phillipos. He's charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

The three are not accused of any role in the bombing.

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220-a-18-(Attorney Harlan Protass, lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov), at news conference)-"with the authorities"-Attorney Harlan Protass, the lawyer who's representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Azamat Tazhayakov, says his client didn't know the bombings were going to take place. ((note length of cut)) (1 May 2013)

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219-a-15-(Attorney Robert Stahl, lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev, at news conference)-"regularly attending classes"-Attorney Robert Stahl, the lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev, says prosecutors are wrong to say that his client is no longer a student. (1 May 2013)

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222-a-07-(Jeff Horblit, lawyer and former FBI special agent, in AP interview)-"discovery by authorities"-Former FBI special agent Jeff Horblit says the criminal complaint alleges this was more than three suspects simply trying to help a friend. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:07 "discovery by authorities"

216-a-14-(Attorney Robert Stahl, lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev), at news conference)-"the community is"-Attorney Robert Stahl, the lawyer who's representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev, says his client didn't know that an attack was being planned. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:14 "the community is"

223-a-10-(Jeff Horblit, lawyer and former FBI special agent, in AP interview)-"very, very serious"-Former FBI special agent Jeff Horblit says the suspects face serious charges of covering up after a horrific crime. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:10 "very, very serious"

221-a-11-(Attorney Harlan Protass, lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov), at news conference)-"the Marathon bombing"-Attorney Harlan Protass, the lawyer who's representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Azamat Tazhayakov, says his client did nothing wrong intentionally. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:11 "the Marathon bombing"

217-a-12-(Attorney Robert Stahl, lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev) , Attorney Harlan Protass, lawyer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov), at news conference)-"immediately, we dispute"-Attorney Robert Stahl, the lawyer who's representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev, says his client didn't realize that he knew one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects -- the younger brother. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:12 "immediately, we dispute"

218-a-12-(Attorney Robert Stahl, laywer representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev), at news conference)-"any evidential value"-Attorney Robert Stahl, the lawyer who's representing Boston bombing conspiracy suspect Dias Kadyrbayev, says his client doesn't deny handling items linked to the bombings, like a computer and a backpack. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:12 "any evidential value"

225-a-09-(Jeff Horblit, lawyer and former FBI special agent, in AP interview)-"in their statements"-Former FBI special agent Jeff Horblit says the FBI has a lot of work to do, given the suspects' statements. (1 May 2013)

<> 00:09 "in their statements"

APPHOTO BX105: This courtroom sketch signed by artist Jane Flavell Collins shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev, left, and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and another man, were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins) (1 May 2013)

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APPHOTO BX106: This courtroom sketch shows signed by artist Jane Flavell Collins defendant Robel Phillipos appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The Phillipos, and two other college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins) (1 May 2013)

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