government had too much power and that the attack would serve essentially as

Government had too much power and that the attack

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government had too much power and that the attack would serve essentially as revenge or to rectify the deaths caused in those standoffs at the hands of the federal government. Since then, the domestic terrorist attacks have seemingly shifted from attacks on the government, to attacks on civilians with two categories of motive. The first is attacks based on one’s race, religion, or sexual orientation, while the second is attacks based on extremist Islamist beliefs. On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The initial attack, that took place around 2:50 pm, killed three people and wounded hundreds of others. After the release of photographs naming them suspects, the two brothers continued their violent attacks on police officers and anyone who got in their way. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan decided to affect another bombing, with Times Square as their intended target. That plot however, was prevented when officers attempted a traffic stop on the two, in Watertown, Massachusetts, leading to a shootout with police and Dzhokhar eventually running over and killing Tamerlan with a vehicle, before escaping officers.
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On April 19, Dzhokhar was arrested while hiding in a boat and later stated that the brothers were inspired to commit the bombings by radical Islamist beliefs and the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While the method of both terrorist attacks is the same, the reasoning for the attacks are quite different. Information on these, and other more recent domestic terrorist attacks will show how attacks have evolved over time.
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