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A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say.

Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

It is not clear who staged the bombing, but Mogadishu is a target for al-Shabab militants battling the government.

President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for missing loved ones amid the ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to strike the city.

There are fears people are trapped under the rubble

A BBC Somali reporter at the scene of the main blast said the Safari Hotel had collapsed, with people trapped under the rubble.

An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told news agency AFP it was “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area”.

Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack.

“Seventy-two wounded people were admitted to the hospital and 25 of them are in very serious condition. Others lost their hands and legs at the scene.

“What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before, and countless people lost their lives. Corpses were burned beyond recognition.”

The death toll continues to rise after the deadly blast

The international community has been quick to condemn the attack.

In a statement, the US Mission to Somalia said: “Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.”

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “My thoughts are with families of the victims, and the government and people of Somalia at this difficult time.

“Those responsible have shown no regard for human life or the suffering of the Somali people. The UK will continue to support Somalia in the fight against terrorism.”

Kabul: A massive blast tore through the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, killing at least 90 people and wounding more than 450, officials said. The devastation left Kabul in shock and underlined the country’s security struggles as it confronts a sustained wave of insurgent and terrorist attacks.

The suicide truck bomb hit the outside of the highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul killing scores of people. Photo: AP

Interior Ministry officials said a huge quantity of explosives, hidden in a water tanker, detonated at 8.30am during rush hour on a busy boulevard in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which houses embassies, banks, supermarkets and government ministries. An entire city block was ravaged, with office buildings left in rubble and charred vehicles strewn across the road in one of the deadliest single attacks in Kabul.

The scenes of human horror were appalling, even for a country accustomed to war and violence.

At Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital, a steady stream of ambulances and police trucks delivered burned and mangled bodies, many streaming blood. Medical aides struggled to zip them quickly into body bags as distraught people crowded around, looking for missing relatives.

“I felt like it was an earthquake, and after that I do not know what happened,” said Mohammed Hassan, 21, who was attending a training program at the Azizi Bank, half a block from the blast, and suffered cuts on his head and arms. “All the staff around me, everyone, was injured.” He said he was brought to the hospital by an Afghan army ranger truck.

The Australian Embassy in Kabul was put into lockdown. News of the blast quickly reached Parliament House in Canberra, where the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, rushed out of a Senate estimates hearing to be briefed on the incident.

Australia does not make public the location of its embassy in Kabul for security reasons. Ms Adamson returned to the estimates hearing and said Australia’s diplomatic mission was in lockdown but she believed all staff were safe.

“It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is,” Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police, said.

The dead and wounded were almost all Afghan civilians and security forces: policemen, bank clerks, cart pullers, telephone company workers. The dead included at least five women and an Afghan driver for the BBC.

Although many foreign offices are located nearby – many surrounded by high blast walls – there were no reports of foreigners among the casualties. But some workers in diplomatic compounds, including those of Japan and Germany, were among the injured

At least 11 US citizens working as contractors also were injured, a State Department spokesman said.

The Afghan Taliban denied any role in the bombing, which was followed by a second smaller blast in another part of the city. The Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, did not speculate on which group could have carried out the attack but said it should “become clear at a later stage.”

Security agencies had warned that both Taliban insurgents and regional affiliates of the Islamic State were planning to attack high-profile targets in the city in the early part of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that began last week.

Many injured survivors were cut by shards of glass from storefronts, offices and foreign compounds – as far away as several miles from the blast site. By midmorning, many were limping or being wheeled out of local hospitals, with their clothes covered in blood and their heads, arms or feet wrapped in bandages.

Nearby, distraught families squatted around bloody body bags, guarding them in patches of shade.

There were muffled, choking sounds of men weeping. Most of the dead had been seared by the blast; some were wrapped in cloth but others were half-naked and dripping blood. The Afghan ministry of Public Health placed the death toll at 80 and the injury count at 463.

“What will I tell his children?” a sobbing man said into a cellphone as he knelt beside a bag containing the remains of his brother, a guard in a building near the explosion.

“Look, that one is a woman. Shame, shame,” said an elderly man, pointing to a stretcher with a slender body wrapped in cloth, and a hank of long hair dangling outside.

The government of President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement condemning the twin blasts as “heinous acts that go against the values of humanity as well values of peaceful Afghans.” It also said the attacks “demonstrate the extreme level of atrocity by terrorists against innocent civilians.”

A statement from NATO forces in Afghanistan praised “the courage of Afghan Security Forces, especially the police and first responders.”

“Attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country,” the NATO statement added.

Public anger at the Afghan government built in the traumatic hours after the blast. People with grim, dazed faces strode along the sidewalks, avoiding piles of glass, or sat glumly in modern offices with all their windows gone, watching the news on TV.

“This is an inept government that cannot protect the people and must be dissolved. It is time for an interim government to be formed,” said Mirwais Yasini, a member of parliament.

The Ghani government, weakened by internal tensions, has faced an uphill battle to fend off an aggressive push by Taliban insurgents in recent months, as well as a number of assaults claimed by the Islamic State.

Others expressed disgust for the attackers, especially since they chose Ramadan, a period that Muslims devote to prayer and fasting.

“How can the people who did this call themselves Muslims?” demanded Ahmed Mohibzada, 24, an office worker who had walked to the Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital to donate blood after hearing of the massive number of injured survivors.

He was lying on a gurney in the hospital porch with his sleeve rolled up. “I just felt I had to do something,” he said.

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Live Ansbach bombing: attacker was rejected Syrian asylum seeker, say officials – latest

A 27-year-old man who had been denied asylum dies after explosion in southern German town

policeman stands near the scene after a man was killed and 11 others were injured in an explosion in Franconia Ansbach image

A policeman stands near the scene after a man was killed and 11 others were injured in an explosion in Franconia Ansbach. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/EPA

A Syrian man killed himself and injured 12 people after a “deliberate explosion” outside a music festival in the German town of Ansbach.

Authorities said the 27-year-old had been denied asylum a year ago and had a history of making attempts on his own life.

It is believed a device he was carrying exploded although it is not clear whether it was a suicide bombing or whether the man intended to plant it and harm others.

At a media conference in the early hours of Monda,y the Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the man had attempted to gain entrance to the Ansbach open music festival.

More than 2,000 people had been in the crowd in the small town of 40,000 people south-west of Nuremberg that is also home to a US army base.

Herrmann said the man was carrying a backpack at the time of the blast, at about 10pm on Sunday, but was turned away at the entrance to the festival, where the performers were to have included Ian Anderson, frontman of defunct prog-rock band Jethro Tull.

The backpack contained metal items used in “wood manufacturing” and could have killed many more people, he said.

Hermann did not specify whether these items were nails or screws but he said that because of the contents a terrorist motivation for the incident could not be ruled out.

However, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Ansbach said the attacker’s motive was unclear. “If there is an Islamist link or not is purely speculation at this point,” said the spokesman, Michael Schrotberger.

Hermann said the man’s request for asylum was rejected a year ago, but he was allowed to remain in Germany on account of the situation in Syria. “It’s terrible … that someone who came into our country to seek shelter has now committed such a heinous act and injured a large number of people who are at home here, some seriously,” he said.

“It’s a further, horrific attack that will increase the already growing security concerns of our citizens. We must do everything possible to prevent the spread of such violence in our country by people who came here to ask for asylum.”

Herrmann added it was unclear if the man had planned to kill only himself or “take others with him into death”.

At least 12 people are reported to have been injured in the blast – three are believed to be in a serious condition.

Emergency workers and vehicles in Ansbach town centre after the explosion image

Emergency workers and vehicles in Ansbach town centre after the explosion.
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Shortly after the explosion, the mayor of Ansbach said the blast had been caused deliberately.

A police spokesman said: “An explosion went off in the city centre and a man, which the latest inquiries show caused it, was killed in the event.” After the explosion the area was evacuated and the music festival cancelled.

Thomas Debinski, who was interviewed by Sky News, described a “disturbing” scene as people in the small city realised a violent act had taken place.

“People were definitely panicking, the rumour we were hearing immediately was that there had been a gas explosion,” he said. “But then people came past and said it was a rucksack that had exploded. Someone blew themselves up. After what just happened in Munich it’s very disturbing to think what can happen so close to you in such a small town.”

Police sealed off the town centre and emergency services attended the scene. Bomb experts were sent to determine the cause of the explosion.

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The explosion, which followed the killing on Friday of nine people by an 18-year-old gunman in Munich, occurred at a wine bar called Eugene’s, the Nürnberger Nachrichten newspaper reported.

Police had said earlier the explosion might have been caused by a gas leak. But a spokesman for the Bavarian interior ministry later said the blast was not an accident and appeared to have been intentional. “The explosion was set off deliberately,” said Michael Siefener, a spokesman for the regional interior ministry.

Germany, and Bavaria in particular, has been on edge after a deadly rampage at a Munich shopping mall on Friday in which nine people were killed, and an axe attack on a train near Würzburg last Monday in which five people were wounded.

Both came shortly after a Tunisian man in a truck killed 84 people when he ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, on the French Riviera.

Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk reported that about 200 police officers and 350 rescue personnel were brought in following the explosion in Ansbach.

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Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others in the crowds at the race’s finish line.

After deliberating for 15 hours, the federal jury chose death by lethal injection for Tsarnaev, 21, over its only other option: life in prison without possibility of release.

The same jury found Tsarnaev guilty last month of placing a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a policeman. The bombing was one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Tsarnaev, dressed in a dark sport coat and light-colored shirt, stood quietly as the sentence was read, remaining expressionless as he had throughout most of the trial.

During 10 weeks of testimony, jurors heard from about 150 witnesses, including people whose legs were torn off by the shrapnel-filled bombs. William Richard, the father of bombing victim Martin Richard, described the decision to leave his 8-year-old son to die of his wounds so that he could save the life of his daughter, Jane, who lost a leg but survived.

Prosecutors described Tsarnaev, who is an ethnic Chechen, as an adherent of al Qaeda’s militant Islamist views who carried out the attack as an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-majority countries.

The jury’s decision does not mean Tsarnaev will face imminent death. Defense attorneys are likely to appeal the sentence, a process that can stretch out for many years.

“I know that there is still a long road ahead,” said survivor Karen Brassard, whose left leg was badly injured in the attack. “There are going to be many, many dates ahead. But today we can take a breath, and actually breathe again,” she told reporters.

An appeal could focus on a number of issues, including the court’s denial of a defense plea to move the trial out of Boston or refusal to challenge the graphic photos and videos that the jury saw of the bombs’ detonation and the severe wounds they inflicted.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston

“Prosecutors do have a burden of proof to show that people died, but the appeal argument would be that there is a balance to be struck and they went over that line,” said David Weinstein, an attorney in private practice who in prior jobs as a state and federal prosecutor brought death-penalty cases.


The death penalty remains highly controversial in Massachusetts, which has not put anyone to death in almost 70 years and which abolished capital punishment for state crimes in 1984. Tsarnaev was tried under federal law, which allows for lethal injection as a punishment.

Polls had shown that a majority of Boston-area residents opposed executing Tsarnaev.

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Opponents included Martin Richard’s parents, who said in an open letter to the Justice Department last month that they wanted Tsarnaev to face life in prison rather getting a death sentence that would likely lead to years of appeals, keep the defendant in the spotlight and prevent them from trying to rebuild their lives.

Just three of the 74 people sentenced to death in the United States for federal crimes since 1988 have been executed. The first was Timothy McVeigh, put to death in June 2001 for killing 168 people in his 1995 attack on the federal government office building in Oklahoma City.

Other people convicted of attacks labeled as terrorist by the U.S. government, including 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and shoe-bomber Richard Reid, drew life prison sentences.

Prosecutors focused heavily on Tsarnaev’s turn to radical Islamist views, showing the jury copies of the al Qaeda magazine article that demonstrated how to build a pressure-cooker bomb.

“The defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims. This was not a religious crime,” said Carmen Ortiz, the top federal prosecutor in Boston. “It was a political crime designed to intimidate and coerce the United States.”

Tsarnaev’s attorneys admitted his involvement in the attack from the start of the trial, but argued that he was a junior partner in a scheme hatched and run by his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan. Tamerlan died after a gunfight with police four days after the bombing, which ended when Dzhokhar ran him over with a stolen car.

A Roman Catholic nun who is a prominent opponent of the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean, testified for the defense she had met with Tsarnaev and he told her “no one deserves to suffer” as his victims had. Prejean, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, said she believed he was “genuinely sorry” for his actions.

But the jury found Tsarnaev deserved execution for six of the 17 capital charges of which he was found guilty. Those counts were the ones tied to the bomb that he personally placed at the marathon finish line, which killed Richard and 23-year-old Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu.

They did not find him deserving of death for the crimes tied to the bomb placed by his brother, which killed 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, or for the fatal shooting of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, 26.

Tsarnaev’s attorney’s left the courthouse without commenting to reporters.

Tsarnaev himself was impassive throughout the trial, and did not testify in his own defense. He showed emotion only once, when his 64-year-old aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, who had traveled from Russia to testify, broke down in tears on the witness stand upon seeing her nephew. She was unable to compose herself and was excused.

Judy Clarke, defense attorney for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, walks out of the federal courthouse in Boston

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his defense attorney Judy Clarke (2nd R) are shown in a courtroom sketch after he is sentenced at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2015.
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US intelligence agencies added the mother of the Boston bombing suspects to a government terrorism database 18 months before the bombings, two officials told The Associated Press. She called it “lies and hypocrisy” and said she has never been linked to crimes or terrorism.

Boston bombers mum responsible for instigating the sons actions in the Boston bombings & she should go on trial for mass murder with her surviving son.

People like this should be held accountable where they are welcomed into a country & given a new home,then they bring & promote their poisonous hatred into their new country that has welcomed them-Death is too good for them

If you have any sympathy for the Chechen cause then Russia was right, the Chechens are the problem it seems as these Chechen scum have proved to the world. Russia should remove the Chechens from the face of the earth.

All my sympathy for the Chechens has now been extinguished  by the actions of these scum.Russia I say go for it. Solve the Chechen problem…once & for all.

If I am wrong we would all like to know why & how we are wrong..EXPLAIN.


The CIA asked for the older suspect, now dead, and his mother to be added to a terrorist database in the fall of 2011, after the Russian government contacted the agency with concerns that both had become religious militants, according to officials briefed on the investigation. About six months earlier, the FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, also at Russia’s request, one of the officials said. The FBI found no ties to terrorism.

The younger suspect, 19-year-old Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, was moved overnight from a hospital to a federal prison medical centre to continue his recovery from a gunshot wound to the throat and other injuries suffered during a getaway attempt. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police.

"He wanted to be among his people, among his relatives, close to his roots": Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the  mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
This is a face of a bitter,sad tortured woman with serious hangups.
She has caused the death & hatred dealt out by her sons.
She should go on trial for the Boston murders.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.This woman seems to have an evil agenda using her sons who have faced the wrath of the USA judicial system. If guilty she should die a slow death with her killer son/s.

Also, FBI agents picked through a landfill near the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was a student. FBI spokesman Jim Martin would not say what investigators were looking for.

The revelation that the FBI had also investigated Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the CIA arranged for her to be added to the terrorism database deepened the mystery around the family. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who immigrated to the Boston area in the past 11 years. Tsarnaeva, a naturalised US citizen who has appeared on television interviews since the attacks and reversed her decision to return to the US after the bombings, has said her sons could never have been behind the deadly attacks and believes they were framed.

The officials spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the ongoing case.

Dzhohkar Tsarnaev is charged with joining with his older brother in setting off the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs. He could face the death penalty.

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Officials said that before he was advised of his constitutional rights to remain silent or consult a lawyer, Dzhokhar admitted to FBI interrogators that the brothers committed the bombings and that he was recruited by his brother to participate only a week or two before the attacks.

Dzhokhar was taken overnight from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and transferred to the Federal Medical Centre Devens outside Boston, the US Marshals Service said. The facility at the former Fort Devens Army base treats federal prisoners.

Previously US officials have said only that the FBI investigated Tamerlan. But in March 2011, the Russians asked the FBI to look into Tamerlan and his mother because of concerns they were religious militants who planned to travel back to Russia, the official said.

The FBI found nothing to link either person to terrorism, and the FBI closed the investigations in June 2011. Then, the Russians in the fall sent the same warning to the CIA. The CIA asked the US National Counterterrorism Centre to add the mother’s and son’s names to its huge, classified database of people known to be terrorists and those who are suspected of having terror ties, called the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE.


Being in that database does not mean the US government has evidence that links someone to terrorism. About a year ago, there were some 745,000 names in the database. Intelligence analysts add names and partial names to TIDE when terror-related intelligence is shared with them.

Tsarnaeva said it would not surprise her if she was listed in a US terror database.

“It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” she said from Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”

A search of US criminal records showed only that Tsarnaeva was arrested in June 2012 in Natick, Massachusetts, on a shoplifting charge over the theft of $1624 worth of women’s clothing from a Lord & Taylor department store. She was arrested and charged with larceny over $250 and two counts of malicious or wanton property damage. Tamerlan had traveled to Russia in January 2012 and returned in July.

Tsarnaeva accused US law enforcement of killing her elder son.


“They are already talking about that we are terrorists, I am terrorist, they’ve told that I was doing something terroristic,” Tsarnaeva said.

Some lawmakers in Washington have questioned whether the FBI adequately investigated Tsarnaev and his mother in 2011. Over the course of that year, the FBI reached out to Russia three times for more information, US officials said. The first time was in March 2011, when they received the initial tip from the Russians. The second was in June 2011 when they were preparing to close the investigation. The third time was in the fall of 2011 after the CIA received the same tip from the Russians.

One of the officials said the FBI never found the type of derogatory information on Tsarnaev and his mother that would have elevated their profiles among counterterrorism investigators or would have formally placed them on a terror watch list.

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The Boston Bombers’ Awful Parents

They ignored the warnings,

they deny the crime, and

they’re slinging false accusations.

Three years ago, al-Qaeda’s magazine, Inspire, published an article titled, “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom.” The article explained how to build a pressure-cooker device like the ones that blew up last week at the Boston marathon. But the recipe left out the most important ingredient. To make a bomb in your mom’s kitchen, the first thing you need is an inattentive mom.

That’s what Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had. We don’t yet know where or when they made the bombs they’re accused of planting at the marathon. But we do know that their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, and their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, had plenty of warnings that Tamerlan was becoming dangerous. Tamerlan was a human pressure cooker loaded with zeal, violence, and destructive ideology. His parents, blinded by adoration and excuses, refused to see it.

Most people who met or knew Tamerlan, including family members, say he was a jerk. His dad, however, insists Tamerlan was “kind” and “very nice.” Anzor “lost control over that family quite a time ago,” says his brother Ruslan. In every interview, Anzor claims to know exactly what his kids have been up to, though he hasn’t seen them since he moved back to Dagestan a year ago. He also claims, falsely, that Tamerlan “was never out of my sight” during the young man’s visit to Dagestan last year. According to Anzor, Tamerlan was such a boxing stud that “in the U.S. everyone knows he is a celebrity.” When Anzor left Boston, he asked Tamerlan to keep an eye on Dzhokhar. He thinks the elder brother has been keeping the younger one away from bad influences.

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Tamerlan’s mother is just as deluded. She swears Tamerlan and Dzhokhar couldn’t be involved in a bomb plot because “my sons would never keep a secret.” Instead of correcting Tamerlan’s conspiracy theories, she swallowed them. According to one of her spa clients, Zubeidat recently called the 9/11 attacks a U.S. plot to stoke hatred of Muslims. “My son knows all about it,” she allegedly told the client. Zubeidat also says the FBI has been watching her family constantly for years, which the FBI denies. Last year, she was arrested, but apparently never prosecuted, for shoplifting $1,600 worth of clothes.

Anzor and Zubeidat were given several warnings that Tamerlan was headed for trouble. Sometime between 2007 and 2009, Tamerlan and Zubeidat turned to religion. Zubeidat became observant, but Tamerlan became intolerant and hostile. He pushed his strict views on the rest of the family, causing tensions. When his sister married a non-Muslim, Tamerlan didn’t accept the man. Tamerlan’s uncle, Ruslan, perceived a change in his nephew’s personality. Ruslan says a family friend told him in 2009 that a Muslim convert had “brainwashed” Tamerlan.

The tension exploded when Tamerlan, in a conversation during that period, called Ruslan an “infidel.” Tamerlan also challenged another uncle, Alvi Tsarni, to a fight. No one in the family has explained what words ensued between the parents and the uncles, but both uncles cut off contact with the Tsarnaevs. Ruslan says his beef was with “the way they were bringing the children up.” Anzor, unchastened even by the marathon bombings, says the uncles don’t really know his kids. “They are just blabbing what they know nothing about,” he told the New York Times on Friday.

Around this time, Tamerlan was arrested and charged with domestic violence for hitting his girlfriend. “Yes, I slapped her,” he told police. The case was eventually dismissed, and Anzor brushed it off. “He hit her lightly,” Anzor told the Times. “There was jealousy … In America you can’t touch a woman.”

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In early 2011, two FBI agents, provoked by an alert from Russian intelligence, came to the Tsarnaevs’ apartment to speak to the family about Tamerlan. Zubeidat says the agents explained that Tamerlan was visiting “extremist sites” and that “they were afraid of him.” She says Tamerlan answered the agents defiantly, “I am in a country that gives me the right to read whatever I want and watch whatever I want.” Anzor shrugged off the warning: “I knew what he was doing, where he was going. I raised my children right.” Zubeidat says the agents investigated Tamerlan only because “he loved Islam.”

So the warnings passed. When the marathon bombs exploded, and videos implicated Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, the uncles acknowledged the evidence, but the parents didn’t. They didn’t just stammer, as many parents would, that their sons couldn’t have done it. They declared that the young men had been “set up,” and they hurled conspiracy theories at the authorities. “The police are to blame,” said Anzor. “Being cowards, they shot the boy dead. There are cops like this.” He denounced the pursuit of his sons by law enforcement as “a provocation of the special services who went after them because my sons are Muslims and don’t have anyone in America to protect them.” Zubeidat said the authorities “wanted to eliminate [Tamerlan] as a threat because he was in love with Islam.”

Anzor’s sister, Maret Tsarnaeva, echoed these self-deceptions. “Growing up, within the family, everything was perfect,” she told reporters on Friday. Her nephews had no motive to bomb anyone, she insisted: “For what beliefs? I don’t know them to have any strong beliefs.” She concluded that “our boys were framed.” When reporters showed her video evidence implicating them, she replied: “The picture was staged.”

Neighbors and congregants at Tamerlan’s mosque had warnings, too. In November 2012, he angrily rebuked a merchant in Cambridge for advertising Thanksgiving turkeys, which Tamerlan viewed as an affront to Islamic law. At Friday prayers, he disrupted and criticized a sermon that defended the celebration of Thanksgiving and July 4. Two months later, he interrupted an imam who suggested that Martin Luther King, Jr., like the Prophet Mohammed, was worthy of emulation. Tamerlan protested that King was “not a Muslim,” and he called the imam a “Kafir,” or non-believer. Some of the congregants threatened to expel Tamerlan, but apparently, none of them reported him to the authorities, since, as far as they knew, he hadn’t preached or committed any violence.

You can’t expect witnesses to report every fanatical outburst to the FBI. But when family members are repeatedly exposed to signs that a loved one is drifting into the vortex of violent extremism, they have a duty to intervene, or at least to alert someone. If they don’t, and the fanatic becomes a killer, they bear an awful responsibility. If they deny that responsibility by accusing the police and the government of anti-Islamic conspiracies, they forfeit our sympathy, our respect, and our trust. Police your family. Police your congregation. Police your community. If you don’t, the rest of us will do it for you


Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, called his mother Thursday morning, hours before being killed in a shootout with police, and told her he had received a call from the FBI, she said.


My daughter Bella called me and said, ‘Mama, turn on the television’ … Now I live with the television turned on at all times 


“He would call me every day from America in the last days,” Zubeidat Tsarnaev said on Sunday in a telephone interview from her home in the Russian republic of Dagestan, “and during our last conversation on the morning (before the shootout), he was especially touching and tender and alarmed at the same time,” she said. “He said he got a private phone call from [the FBI] and said that they told him he was under suspicion and should come see them.

Culprits: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Photo: AP

“‘If you need me, you will find me,’ he said, and hung up,” she said, beginning to sob. “You know the FBI followed him for several years and when he got back from Dagestan last year they called him and asked him what was the purpose of his visit to his homeland.”

Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan, is a former FBI agent. He said on Sunday that the FBI had done “a very thorough job” of vetting Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the Russian intelligence service flagged him in early 2011 as a possible Islamic radical. Rogers said he didn’t think the bureau had missed anything significant.

In her remarks, the suspects’ mother focused primarily on her older son, but also mentioned the younger brother, Dzhokhar, who was badly wounded in the shootout and was captured by police later on Friday, hiding in a boat in suburban Watertown. He remains in hospital and in police custody.

“He wanted to be among his people, among his relatives, close to his roots”: Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“When [Tamerlan] talked to me that last time, Dzhokhar was in his house too, and he said he would give him a lift home,” their mother said. “And then the next day my daughter Bella called me and said, ‘Mama, turn on the television’ … Now I live with the television turned on at all times,” she said, crying again.


Zubeidat Tsarnaev said she and her husband are planning to go to the US to clear their sons’ names. She said her husband’s brother “is a lawyer with a big oil company and he said that he will help us find a good lawyer for Dzhokhar”.

She said that in recent months, Tamerlan had told her on the phone several times that while he loved and enjoyed America, he wanted to move back to Dagestan and had persuaded his wife, who is American, to move back with him and their daughter.

“He wanted to be among his people, among his relatives, close to his roots,” she said, sobbing.

The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. In 1992 they moved to their historic homeland of Chechnya, a restive region of southern Russia, but in 1994 the first war between Moscow and the regional separatists broke out. The Tsarnaevs moved back to Kyrgyzstan and from there in 1999 to neighbouring Dagestan. In 2002 they immigrated to the US. The parents returned to Dagestan a year ago while their sons and two daughters remained in the US.


An Islamic militant group in Dagestan issued a statement on Sunday distancing itself from the marathon bombing.

“The Caucasian mujahideen are not fighting against the United States of America,” the group, called the Caucasus Emirate, said in its statement. “We are at war with Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous crimes against Muslims.”

Experts and rights activists in Moscow agreed that taking the war of terror across the ocean to the US doesn’t help the cause of Russian radical Islamists, despite their routine anti-American rhetoric.

“I think we can trust this statement, because attacking the US is not in the interests of North Caucasus insurgents,” Tatiana Kasatkina, executive director of Memorial, a Moscow-based human rights group that monitors events in the troubled region. “The United States doesn’t support Russia in this regional conflict and more than that, it regularly criticises the Russian leadership for violations of human rights in the course of this conflict.

Los Angeles Times



Boston bombing suspect ‘awake,

& answering questions unclear.

boston bombing police car image

As victims of last week’s marathon bombings came to grips with their terrible injuries in Boston hospitals, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked out in the gym and went out partying, schoolmates say.

It doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all. 

The 19-year-old university student is reportedly awake and responding sporadically in writing to questions despite serious gunshot wounds to his throat that authorities fear may prevent him from ever being able to explain his suspected role in the bombings and subsequent shoot-out with police.

An aerial infrared image shows the outline of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a boat during the manhunt in Watertown.
An aerial infrared image shows the outline of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in a boat during the manhunt in Watertown. Photo: Reuters

Investigators are asking about other cell members and other unexploded bombs, law enforcement sources told ABC News in the US.

Tsarnaev, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, enjoyed a normal day on campus and appeared ‘‘relaxed’’ at a party he attended with his soccer friends on Wednesday night as investigators scrambled to identify two men suspected of planting the deadly marathon bombs, The Boston Globe reports.

Fellow students expressed disbelief as pictures of Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, were flashed across television screens all over the world.

Culprits: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
Culprits: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Photo: AP


“We made a joke like — that could be Dzhokhar,” UMass Dartmouth senior Pamela Rolon told the newspaper.

“But then we thought it just couldn’t be him. Dzhokhar? Never.

“He studied. He hung out with me and my friends,” she said. “I’m in shock.”

Dzhokhar is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, where he is listed in serious but stable condition, with wounds to the neck and throat area.

Meanwhile, new surveillance video emerged of a young man putting his backpack down at the marathon finish line and waiting for the first explosion.

He waits for the first to detonate and then moves away from the backpack, anticipating the second explosion, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said detectives found a huge amount of home-made explosives after Friday’s 24-hour manhunt with Tsarnaev and his brother.


Tamerlan was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police. Dzhokhar was shot in the throat, with a wound that appears self-inflicted, and while police and politicians say he can still communicate, they do not believe they can obtain information from him.

Police say in addition to being shot, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was run over by a car being driven by his younger brother, though the precise cause of his death is not yet known.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in a “very serious” condition at a Boston hospital after being captured.

“And we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to question the individual,” he said, without elaborating.

Senator Dan Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told American ABC: “It’s questionable when and whether he’ll be able to talk again. [That] doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where they can’t get any information from him at all.”


The death penalty does not apply in Massachusetts, but a spokeswoman for Boston’s Attorney-General said Tsarnaev would be tried under federal law – which allows the death penalty for murders committed during acts of terrorism.

Commissioner Davis said that, given the amount of explosives found with the Tsarnaev brothers, more attacks had been planned.

“We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene, the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded, and the firepower that they had, that they were going to attack other individuals,” he told US television network CBS.

Authorities are yet to say whether the brothers had help in carrying out the attacks, but it is believed they were not part of a wider network.


Wide police search

Dzhokar Tsarnaev was captured after a manhunt that had much of the Boston area in lockdown. He was found hiding in a boat stored behind a home. He had escaped during the gun battle with police, during which more than 200 rounds of ammunition were fired and the suspects hurled explosive devices at police.

During that confrontation, one police officer was killed and a transit police officer was seriously wounded. In the first showdown with police, Tamerlan Tsarnaev stepped out of their stolen car and was shot, according to one official.

With Tamerlan Tsarnaev wounded and on the ground, Dzhokar Tsarnaev moved to escape. He ran over his brother with the car in the process, the official said.

The bombs used in the explosions at the marathon finish line were made in pressure cookers and packed with nails and ball bearings.

With the younger Tsarnaev unable to speak, the focus is now turning to why the two brothers wanted to carry out such an attack.

The two were Chechen nationals who emigrated to the United States about a decade ago and in 2011, the FBI flagged Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a possible Islamic terrorist.

While Dzhokhar became a naturalised US citizen last year, Tamerlan was still seeking citizenship. Their father, Anzor, said Tamerlan had made a trip last year to renew his Russian passport.


Radicalist Russian links probe

The FBI is investigating suggestions that one of the brothers visited Chechnya and Dagestan, predominantly Muslim republics in the northern Caucasus. But some US politicians are concerned about how the bureau handled a Russian government request to examine the man’s possible links to extremist groups in the region.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent six months in Dagestan in 2012 and, analysts said, that sojourn may have marked a crucial step in his  path towards the bombings.

Kevin R. Brock, a former senior FBI and counter-terrorism official, said: “It’s a key thread for investigators and the intelligence community to pull on.”

An unnamed senior law enforcement official told the New York Times that the Russian government feared Tamerlan Tsarnaev could be a risk, and “they had something on him and were concerned about him, and him travelling to their region”.


But the FBI never followed up on Tamerlan once he returned, the source acknowledged, adding that its investigation did not turn up anything and it did not have the legal authority to keep tabs on him. Investigators

are now scrambling to review that trip, and learn about any extremists who might have influenced, trained or directed Tamerlan while he was there, the newspaper reported.

A Russian intelligence official told the Interfax news service that Russia had not been able to provide the United States with “operatively significant” information about them “because the Tsarnaev brothers had not been living in Russia”.

But Islamist militants in Russia have denied that they commissioned the attack. The primary rebel coalition has rejected any connection.

On the website Kavkaz Tsentr, the main mouthpiece of radical Muslim coalition Caucasus Emirate, the command of its Dagestan province said the US media should stop repeating Russian propaganda.


“The command of Dagestan sector points out that the Caucasian mujahideen are not fighting against the United States,” it said.

“We are fighting only against Russia, which is responsible not only for the occupation of the Caucasus, but for monstrous crimes against Muslims.

“If the US government is really interested in establishing the true organisers of Boston bombings, and not in complicity with the Russian show, it should focus on the involvement of Russian security services in the events.”

Concerns raised over captured suspect’s rights

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would question the Boston Marathon bombing suspect for a period without first reading him the Miranda warning of his right to remain silent and have a lawyer present has revived a constitutionally charged debate that flared during the Bush administration about the handling of terrorism cases in the criminal justice system.




“Captured!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody,” the Boston police department said on Twitter after Tsarnaev was taken away to applause from relieved residents.

A neighbour alerted police after finding Tsarnaev “covered with blood” in the boat where he had taken refuge, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told reporters.

“A man had gone out of his house after being inside the house all day, abiding by our request to stay inside,” Mr Davis said, referring to the request officials made to residents to stay behind locked doors. “He walked outside and saw blood on a boat in the back yard. He then opened the tarp on the top of the boat and he looked in and saw a man covered with blood. He retreated and called us.

“Over the course of the next hour or so we exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was inside the boat, and ultimately the hostage rescue team of the FBI made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect, who was still alive,” he said.

Mr Davis said that he was in a “serious condition,” and that had apparently been wounded in the shoot-out that left his brother dead.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston bombings suspect being hunted by police.
Surviving suspect … Coward Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.

As about 30 law enforcement officers — wearing helmets — walked away from the scene of what had been a tense standoff only minutes earlier, neighbours who had gathered on an adjacent street applauded and shouted, “Thank you! Thank you!”

President Barack Obama praised the law enforcement officials in a statement from the White House shortly after 10 pm, saying, “We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy.”

The president said he had directed federal law enforcement officials to continue to investigate what had happened, and he urged people not to rush to judgment about the motivations behind the attacks.

“We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. And we’ll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe,” Mr Obama said after the capture.

He said the bombing suspects had failed to achieve whatever it was they were seeking.


“They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated,” he said. “They failed because as Americans, we refuse to be terrorised.”

Tsarnaev’s arrest ended a wrenching week in Boston, which began with the bombings that killed three and injured more than 170 at one of the city’s most cherished events – the worst attack on the United States since the September 11, 2001 atrocities.

It ended with another stunning spasm of violence, which began late Thursday night. Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are accused of killing a police officer, hijacking a Mercedes and engaging police in a shootout in which the elder Tsarnaev was killed.

On Friday night, the city’s ordeal ended with a flood of relief.

At the scene, bystanders broke into applause. From a passing SWAT truck, an officer returned the sentiment: “Thank you,” he said over the loudspeaker. “It’s been a pleasure.”


“We have a suspect in custody,” said Timothy Alben, the head of the Massachusetts State Police. “We’re exhausted, folks. But we have a victory here tonight.”

The height of those emotions revealed the depth of the damage already done.

In a few days here, the Tsarnaevs had become a new lesson in the awful magnifying power of terrorism. Two brothers, armed with low-tech bombs and no apparent escape plan, had allegedly killed four people and held one of America’s great cities in terror.

Officials said they planned to question Tsarnaev about possible accomplices or other bombs before reading him his rights.

The FBI also confirmed that its agents in Boston had interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 at the request of a foreign government. A law enforcement official said the request came from the Russian government, concerned about Tsarnaev’s potential ties to Chechen terrorists. But, after that interview, the FBI did not follow him further, officials said.

As the manhunt ended on Friday, investigators turned to another task: determining how the two had been turned to violence. So far, authorities said they had no proof that anybody beyond the two Tsarnaev brothers was involved in the marathon attacks.


“Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to such violence?” Mr Obama said in his statement.

The Tsarnaev brothers are of Chechen heritage. Both were born in the Caucasus region, a cauldron fought over by Chechen separatists, Russian security forces, Islamist extremists and organised crime. They had immigrated legally, and lived for years in the Boston area, where their father, Anzor, was a car mechanic.

In the past, both men had embraced athletic passions, according to friends and neighbours. Tamerlan was an accomplished boxer, with a wife and child. Dzhokhar was a wrestler at the public high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts and went on to attend the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.


On Thursday evening, authorities released photos of the two men, who had been spotted carrying backpacks near the marathon’s finish line.

Their targets, it turned out, had not fled the city or the country. A few hours later, they began a violent rampage just across the Charles River in Cambridge.

After his brother was killed in the shootout, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, it turned out, had fled to a house that was just outside that search zone. By 6pm, authorities conceded that they had not found him and couldn’t be sure where he was.

They lifted the order to stay home. Just after that, the resident in Watertown walked outside and saw the blood. A police helicopter used infrared technology to spot movement underneath the plastic cover.

Inside, Tsarnaev had been wounded by the firefight hours earlier. He may have been wounded again by the exchange of gunfire with officers that surrounded the boat.

Officers tried to negotiate his surrender. There was no response. Finally, a robot pulled back the cover, and the SWAT team pulled him out. He was wounded in the leg and neck.

As the bystanders cheered, an ambulance carried Tsarnaev to Massachusetts General Hospital. In that same hospital, there are still 10 patients being treated for wounds inflicted by Monday’s bombing.

Washington Post, The New York Times, AFP




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The slaughtering of Boston innocents by cowardly bombers

The white capped cowardly bomber escaped the dragnet by police and is still at large. Hopefully to be shot on site. Yellow dog white capped coward

 Police are scouring Watertown near Boston for one of two suspects from this week’s marathon bombings. The other suspect was killed during a dramatic police pursuit, which involved gunfire and explosives, following the shooting of a police officer earlier in the night at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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