Sister of Boston bomb suspects is arrested, charged in NY

Sister of Boston bomb suspects is arrested, charged in NY
A photo of Boston Marathon bombing victim before her memorial in Boston, Massachusetts.

NEW YORK - A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was arrested Wednesday in New York on suspicion of making a bomb threat, police said.

Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24 and a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, "was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment," a NYPD spokesman told AFP.

She is a sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suspected of having carried out the April 2013 bombing which killed three and injured 264 people near the marathon's finish line.

Police said Tsarnaeva threatened a woman in Manhattan by telephone, saying "I know people who can put a bomb on you," CBS television reported.

Tsarnaeva was taken into a police station in Manhattan's Harlem district, where she received a hearing date of September 30 and was released, police said.

Authorities say ethnic Chechen Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, carried out the bombing with his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed last year during a police manhunt while the pair were on the run.

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