Boston bomber may never speak again, Israeli doctor says
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Boston bomber may never speak again, Israeli doctor says

Throat wound could keep severely injured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from ever talking to prosecutors

This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Robert Ray)
This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Robert Ray)

JTA – The director of the hospital treating Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said the severely wounded man may never be able to tell investigators why he and his brother detonated a series of bombs last week, killing three and wounding more than 170.

Tsarnaev was captured Friday night while hiding in a winterized boat in the Boston suburb of Waterton. The capture came after a shootout following a day-long lockdown that left Boston area residents stuck indoors.

He was immediately hospitalized at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in serious condition, having been shot during an early Friday morning shootout with police that killed his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who had been the second suspect in the bombing.

Hospital director Kevin Illan Tabb, an Israeli who is a member of the board of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem where he studied medicine and completed his residency, told Ynet news that Tsarnaev was wounded in his throat and may never speak again.

Police as yet have been unable to question Tsarnaev, 19, who was a student at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Officials have said they are fighting to keep Tsarnaev alive in the hopes of gathering information about the terror spree.

The brothers are thought to have been influenced by radical Islam.

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