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FBI agent fatally shoots suspect in Boston bombing probe

A man allegedly linked to the Boston Marathon bombers has been killed by an FBI agent. He reportedly knew one of the suspects behind last month's bombings in Boston.

The fatal shooting took place early Wednesday morning in Orlando, Florida. Early reports gave few details about the incident.

The FBI issued a statement indicated that the special agent had been "acting on the imminent threat posed by the individual," adding that the agent "was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries."

The "Orlando Sentinel" newspaper, identified the victim as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev. A friend interviewed by the local paper said he had come under suspicion because he allegedly knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the now deceased Boston bombing suspect, through the martial arts community.

Details awaited

The FBI said it would release further details regarding the fatal shooting later on Wednesday.

A probe into the Boston Marathon bombings began late last month after local authorities working in cooperation with the FBI located the two brothers suspected of carrying out the terrorist attack: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was susquently killed, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was arrested with wounds after a manhunt.

Three people were killed and some 260 wounded in the twin blasts.

A botched car robbery and the shooting of a police officer from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology campus led authorities to the suspects several days after the April 15 attack.

A chase and shoot out ensued, during which Tamerlan was killed. They found the younger brother within 24 hours. Officials later charged him with carrying out the attack.

kms/ipj (AP, AFP, Reuters)