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May 1, 2013 3:23 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Official: Arrested student entered US without visa

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal law enforcement official says one of the students from Kazakhstan arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings was allowed to return to the United States this year despite not having a valid student visa. Authorities say that after the explosions he helped remove a laptop and backpack from the bombing suspect's dormitory room before the FBI searched it.

The official says Azamat Tazhayakov left the U.S. in December. Tazhayakov's student-visa status was terminated in early January after he was academically dismissed from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the official says. Despite not having a valid student visa, Tazhayakov was allowed to re-enter the U.S. on Jan. 20.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss details of Tazhayakov's immigration status.

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