Owners of 'Terrorista #1' BMW license plate revealed as the SAME friends pictured with the Boston bomber in Times Square
- Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are from Kazakhstan
- They were classmates of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
- Dzhokhar may have slept at their house on the night of the bombing
- They've been in custody since last Saturday and a lawyer says they are 'shocked' by the allegations against their friend
Friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrested last week who cruised around in a car with the ‘Terrorista #1’ license plate have also been revealed to be two of the group of friends recently photographed with the Boston Marathon bomber in Times Square.
The two 19-year-old men from Kazakhstan are Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev. They were classmates of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Authorities say they were detained for immigration violations on April 20 after being questioned in connection with the attack, which occurred a few days earlier.
Best of friends: Azamat Tazhayakov, left, Dias Kadyrbayev, center, and Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, are pictured in New York's Times Square
Wrong plate, wrong time: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends liked to cruise around in a car with the 'Terrorista #1' license plate
A lawyer for one of two jailed college friends of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect say they had nothing to do with the deadly attack and had seen no hints he harbored any violent or terrorist sympathies.
Kadyrbayev's lawyer, Robert Stahl, says the students are shocked by the allegations against Tsarnaev and just want to go home.
'These kids are just as shocked and horrified about what happened as everyone else,' Stahl said.
He said they are being held for violating their student visas by not regularly attending classes and want to return to Kazakhstan as soon as possible.
Terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would hang out at the their New Bedford, Mass. apartment frequently and may have stayed with them on the night of the bombing and the following night.
The two students drive a black BMW 330XI with the personalized plate and a sticker on the back which reads: ‘F*** you, you f****** f****’.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev have been detained for immigration violations since April 20
Complex: The apartment complex where the men live is about 10 minutes from the Dartmouth campus, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had been a student
Los terroristas means ‘the terrorists’ in Spanish but it's also a slang reference to 'buddies and friends.'
The pair were led out of their apartment last Friday in handcuffs before police carried out an extensive search of their home.
Federal agents first took Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev into custody April 19 and released them hours later. But they were arrested the following day on administrative immigration charges because their academic visas to attend college had expired.
They are now being held at Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston. They have not been charged with a crime.
Tweet: Dzhokar had tweeted pictures of himself with the car on his account under the name J_tsar
Symbol: The BMW is pictured outside the housing complex where the arrests took place on April 20
The April 2012 photo shows Dzhokhar posing with four pals in Times Square with four pals, including Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev. But officials had no clear idea of where the suspect was staying in the city or whether he met with anyone during the two trips.
It was revealed earlier this week that the bombers had hatched a plot to blowup Times Square after they shot and killed MIT Officer Sean Collier three days after the marathon bombing.
The brothers pair carjacked a Mercedes SUV and took its owner hostage with the intention to drive to New York. But the brothers noted the stolen vehicle was low on gas, and stopped to refuel — only for the car’s owner escape and call police.
Tamerlan, 26, died after he was riddled with bullets and run over in the ensuing mobile firefight, and Dzhokhar was arrested hiding inside a dry-docked boat in a Watertown backyard within 24 hours.
Charged: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody late on April 19 after a day of hiding out in a boat
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