Kazakhstan: We’re Working With U.S.

This undated photo from the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows, from left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, from Kazakhstan, with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in New York. The arrest of Dias Kadyrbayev was announced on May 1, 2013 along with 2 others.

Nobody wants to own up to their citizens using “LOL” so much. Kazakhstan officials insisted Thursday that they are working with the U.S. after finding out that two Kazakh citizens—college students in the U.S. on visas—have been charged with aiding the Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19, were friends from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, with the younger Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar. They have been accused—along with a third man, U.S. citizen Robel Phillipos—with removing a backpack and laptop from Dzhokhar’s room after the boming. After the attack, which killed three and wounded over 200, Kadyrbayev allegedly texted Dzhokhar that his face was on the news, to which Dzhokhar responded, “lol,” and warned his friend, “you better not text me again.”