Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
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Boston terrorist: My brother wanted to defend Islam

CNN reveals initial details on interrogation of marathon attacker Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19; 'My brother was the mastermind behind the attack,' says from his hospital bed

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, relayed from his hospital bed that his older brother Tamerlan was the mastermind behind the terror attack at the Boston Marathon and that no international organization assisted them, CNN reported Tuesday.


The report quoted a governmental official on the initial details of the Tsarnaev's interrogation.


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"My brother wanted to defend Islam from attack," said Dzhokhar, who was arrested by authorities following a manhunt after him while his brother was killed in a shootout with the police.


Prior to his arrest, the suspect sustained gunshot injuries to the head, neck, leg and one of his hands and the police estimate that he tried committing suicide. According to the FBI affidavit, he lost a large amount of blood and it is likely that his hearing has been impaired.


The governmental source added that the two brothers matched the classification of jihadists operating alone and not with the guidance of one Islamic terror organization or another.


A source connected to the interrogation told CNN that the interrogators asked Dzhokhar if anyone else was involved in the marathon attack and if he had any knowledge of additional bombs, explosives and firearm caches, other than the ones found by police.


On Monday, Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler arrived at Dzhokhar's hospital bedside and informed him that he is being charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.


using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and malicious destruction of property resulting in death as a result of malicious use of explosives. If convicted, he is likely to face the death penalty.


In addition, the Boston Globe reported on Monday that the Waltham, Massachusetts police reopened the investigation of a triple murder that occurred in 2011, amongst other reasons, to examine if perhaps, the elder of the brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was involved.


One of those killed was the terrorist's best friends, but according to a young man who knew the two during that period, "Tamerlan didn't even go to the funeral."



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