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Boston Suspect Blames Jihadist Brother for Attacks

Apr 23, 2013

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his slain brother had been motivated by jihadist ideas and that no international terrorist group was behind the April 15 attack, CNN reported Tuesday, quoting an unnamed government source.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. He remains in serious condition in a hospital room in Boston after sustaining injuries while on the run from police. He is barely able to speak because of a tube in his throat and has been communicating mainly in writing or by nodding.

According to the broadcaster, Dzhokhar told investigators that his brother, Tamerlan, was a self-styled radical who thought Islam was under attack and should be avenged.

Dzhokhar's account and motive is being checked by investigators, who currently have no indication that the brothers' actions had been masterminded by an international terrorist group, CNN reported.

Three people died and more than 170 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The White House has said that Tsarnaev, a naturalized US citizen of Chechen origin, will not be considered an enemy combatant and will be tried by a civilian court.

He faces life in prison or the death penalty if found guilty of the federal charges.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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