Allegedly that jihadi was whacked in a police raid in the summer of 2012, prompting Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s hasty retreat back to Massachusetts. But hey, move along, nothing to see here.
Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev did encounter a jihadist Canadian boxer during his six-month sojourn to southern Russia last year, U.S. Rep. William Keating told the Herald — confirming reports that cast light yesterday on the accused terrorist’s radicalization.
“I believe that there was contact with the boxer and Tamerlan, and the boxer was viewed as an insurgent,” said Keating, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Keating’s comments appear to support news reports yesterday that Tsarnaev may have been in touch with Islamic militants in southern Russia. They included William Plotnikov, 23 — an ethnic Russian who lived in Toronto, converted to Islam in 2009, joined the insurgency and made jihadist videos — and militant recruiter Mansur Mukhamed Nidal, who, according to ABC News, accompanied Tsarnaev to a controversial mosque in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.
Both were killed in police raids last summer. Tsarnaev fled to the United States shortly thereafter, leaving behind the new Russian passport that apparently was a reason for his trip.
Sounds like he was in a hurry.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a shootout with cops in Watertown. His wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, said yesterday she would not claim his body and left that task to other family members.
News of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s association with known militants deepens the mystery of whether anyone helped the brothers to plot the attack that killed three and injured more than 280. The pressure cooker bombs were homemade, and the pair had a slip-shod escape plan. Still, investigators are pressing on to track down any potential associates.
“It would be a stretch of the imagination to think they did it all by themselves,” U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), also of the House Homeland Security committee, told the Herald. “Fortunately, I think that’s the way the investigators are treating it — not resting on our laurels, ‘we caught these two punks and now it’s done.’”
Surprisingly, Psycho Mom hasn’t held a press conference for a couple of days. Some helpful lawyer must have told her to dummy up.