Parents of Boston Marathon bombing suspects defend their sons, and father reveals FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago…Suspects’ mother: ‘I am 100% sure that this is a set-up’
SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2013
The father of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers has revealed that the FBI questioned the older of the two brothers two years ago, about possible terrorist links.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, are suspected of carrying out Monday’s bombing, which killed three and injured over 150. Dzhokhar, 19, is in custody after a tense search last night, while his older brother was killed in a shootout with police the night before.
The pair are of Chechen origin, and had lived in the US for around ten years.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal from Makhachkala in Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, the pair’s father said FBI agents talked to Tamerlan as a “person of interest” in 2011.
He said he was present at the time, but wasn’t worried: “They said, ‘We know what sites you are on, we know where you are calling, we know everything about you. Everything’. They said, ‘we are checking and watching’ – that’s what they said.”
“I knew what he was doing, where he was going. I raised my children right.”