Suspect: Marathon bombing payback for hits on Muslims
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon attack indicated the bombing was retribution for what he called U.S. attacks against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq, a law enforcement official said.
The day after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arrest, 7News reported, according to a source, the 19 year old wrote messages inside the hull of the Watertown boat he was hiding in. The messages included praise to Allah and comments about his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who had been pronounced dead hours earlier after a firefight with police in Watertown.
We have since learned the messages were scrawled in pen on the hull. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev called his brother a martyr who was now in paradise and he expected to join him there soon.
When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody he was suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also wrote the Boston victims were collateral damage as Muslims have been during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He added that an attack against one Muslim is an attack against all of them.
“I just can’t imagine how somebody could do something to these innocent people,” said Liz Norden, whose two sons were injured in the attacks. “These guys, they’re all -- everybody that got hurt are all human beings and you know, it’s just a cowardly, senseless act.”
The director of the FBI, who was grilled on Capitol Hill before a Senate committee meeting looking into the bombings, said they reached out to the Russians three times trying to get information on their concerns over Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
“On both occasions and a third occasion we went back to the Russians and asked them if they had any further information that would educate us in terms -- or elaborate for us their concerns about this individual and we got no response,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The twin blasts at the Boston Marathon on April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property causing death. He is being held at Federal Medical Center Devens. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a rural Virginia cemetery after much secrecy and protest.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due before a federal judge at the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston on May 30.
Sources said the writings are all consistent with what he told the FBI investigators when he was interrogated in his hospital bed before he was read his Miranda rights, which include his right to remain silent. After being read those rights he stopped talking to investigators.
While Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s comments to authorities in his hospital bed could be challenged in court, legal analysts say his writings before he was under arrest could be used in any upcoming trial as a confession.