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US team questions Boston suspects' parents in Dagestan

A delegation from the US embassy in Moscow interviewed the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects in the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan, but were told the two brothers had not contacted local Islamist groups, officials said Wednesday. The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are currently living in Dagestan, an overwhelmingly Muslim region on the Caspian Sea where the family briefly lived before leaving for the United States.

US diplomats interview Boston suspects' parents in Dagestan

A delegation from the US embassy in Moscow has travelled to the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan to interview the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects, an embassy official said Wednesday. The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are currently living in Dagestan, an overwhelmingly Muslim region on the Caspian Sea where the family briefly lived before leaving for the United States.

Suspect's wife helping in Boston bomb probe

The wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect gunned down in a police shootout, is cooperating with authorities probing the attack, her lawyers said Tuesday. Katherine Russell, 24, who married Tsarnaev in June 2010 and has a three-year-old child with him, is "doing everything she can to assist (the) ongoing investigation," her attorneys said in a media statement.

Police await answers from Boston suspect

Police were seeking answers Sunday from the seriously wounded surviving Boston bombing suspect, amid reports he was responding in writing to questions due to throat injuries. Investigators who had been waiting to interrogate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, since his capture on Friday are trying to determine whether his neck wound was self-inflicted in a suicide attempt, USA Today quoted a federal law enforcement official as saying.

Bible a 'copy' of Koran, bombing suspect told neighbor

The deceased Boston bombing suspect recently described the Bible as a copy of the Koran during an argument about religion, a former neighbor claims. Al Ammon, whose apartment is in the same building in the Boston suburb of Watertown where Tamerlan Tsarnaev once lived, told CBS television's "60 Minutes" that the dispute between the two took place about three months ago.

US probe shifts to Boston bomb suspect's travel

With the hospitalized Boston bombing suspect unable to speak, attention shifted Sunday to his dead brother, who may have been radicalized or even trained in the Caucasus last year. US lawmakers questioned why Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed in a shootout, did not raise more red flags despite being questioned at the request of the Russian government in 2011 and spending six months in the volatile region last year.

US probe shifts to Boston bomb suspect's travel

With the hospitalized Boston bombing suspect unable to speak, attention shifted Sunday to his dead brother, who may have been radicalized or even trained in the Caucasus last year. US lawmakers questioned why Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, killed in a shootout, did not raise more red flags despite being questioned at the request of a foreign government in 2011 and spending six months in the volatile region in 2012.

Boston bombing suspect kept low profile in Dagestan

By Alissa de Carbonnel MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - If Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already plotting the Boston Marathon bombings when he stayed in this bustling Russian city at the heart of an Islamist insurgency last year, neighbours say he hid it well. The ethnic Chechen killed in a shootout with U.S. police last week spent at least a month last summer helping his father renovate his first-floor apartment next door to a dentistry in Makhachkala, a city in the Dagestan region on the Caspian Sea.

North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston attack

A website used by Russia's North Caucasus rebels denied Sunday any link to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that have been blamed on two ethnic-Chechen suspects. "The command of the Vilayat Dagestan mujahedeen... declares that the Caucasus fighters are not waging any military activities against the United States of America," the Kavkazcenter.com website said. "We are only fighting Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for monstrous crimes against Muslims," the rebel site said.

North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston attack

A website used by Russia's North Caucasus rebels denied Sunday any link to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that have been blamed on two ethnic-Chechen suspects. "The command of the Vilayat Dagestan mujahedeen... declares that the Caucasus fighters are not waging any military activities against the United States of America," the Kavkacenter.com website said. "We are only fighting Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for monstrous crimes against Muslims," the rebel site said.
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