Russian Relative: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was Radicalized in US Before Russian Trip
A Russian relative said Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized in the United States–
In fighting form: Tamerlan Tsarnaev (R) and Lamar Fenner (L) stand during a decision in the 201-pound division boxing match during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions May 4, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Daily Mail)
A Russian relative of Tameraln Tsarnaev told ABC that Tamerlan was radicalized in the United States before his Russian trip in 2012. The relative said Tamerlan was kicked out of his uncle’s house during his trip.
One of the Boston bombing suspects set off alarm bells among his family a year ago during a trip here to visit relatives, ABC News has learned.
According to a family member, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a devout Muslim, was kicked out of his uncle’s house because of his increasingly extremist views on religion.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, are believed to have placed bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 170. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police early Friday and Dzhokhar was badly wounded and captured by police Friday night.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent roughly six months in Russia in 2012, but the relative, who insisted on anonymity to avoid offending other family members, insisted the young man had been radicalized in the United States before his trip.
Dagestan is one of the poorest and most violent regions of Russia, home to an Islamist insurgency that seeks to establish an independent state. So far, no links have tied him to militant groups here.
The dead Boston bomber left behind a wife and three year-old child.