Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation Raises More Questions Than Answers

Boston Bombing Investigation Raises More Questions Than Answers

 

In the latest development on the investigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing, female DNA has been found on at least one of the bombs used in the attack.

FBI went to the Rhode Island home of Katherine Russell, the wife of older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and took a DNA sample.  She has been staying in seclusion with her parents since the brothers were named as suspects.  Her lawyer told the Wall Street Journal, she is “doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.”

Ms. Russell is only one of a half dozen persons of interest the FBI is looking at.  They are quick to report that unwitting elimination of evidence could be the reason for the DNA.  They have no assumptions or conclusions at the time.  The investigation is in the early stages.

Russian officials have disclosed that Tamerlan had numerous contacts with rebels in the Chechnyan Caucuses in an effort to join with jihadist fighters.  Both Russian and U.S. officials are working together to attempt to develop a pattern and understanding of what Tamerlan Tsarnaev was doing during his stay in Russia from January to July of 2012.

Two Russian government officials said Tamerlan Tsarnaev exchanged notes over the Internet with William Plotnikov, a boxer who moved with his parents from Russia to Canada before joining militants in the North Caucasus. And they said Mr. Tsarnaev met several times in early 2012 with Mansur Makhmud Nidal, an alleged militant from the Russian province of Dagestan and suspected jihadist recruiter. The meetings happened in a mosque in Dagestan’s capital of Makhachkala known for its adherence to a puritanical strain of Islam, they said.

“He intended to join the fighters, but he lost his contacts,” one of the Russian officials said. “In the end he picked an easier enemy in Boston.”

FBI sources admit that it may be months before a distinct picture of what led to the events of April 15th are clear.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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