title: 'Boston bomber Chechen rebel link' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:

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    The FBI has visited the home of exiled former Chechen rebel fighter Musa Khadjimuradov in its investigations in to the background of Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The US agency is said to have taken computer evidence and DNA samples as part of its investigation. FBI agents investigating last month’s Boston marathon bombing have interviewed an exiled Chechen rebel living in the US who repeatedly met the elder Tsarnaev brother. The FBI has searched the New Hampshire home of Musa Khadjimuradov, a former aide to exiled Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev. Khadjimuradov first met Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the brothers who was killed in a shootout with police, in 2006 at the annual gathering of the Chechen Society of Boston. Tsarnaev subsequently visited Khadjimuradov – who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is confined to a wheelchair because of a gunshot wound he sustained during fighting in Chechnya – three times. It’s also thought Tsarnaev may have bought the fireworks used in the Boston bombs at a store about an hour’s drive from Khadjimuradov’s home. Khadjimuradov told US media that although the FBI took his fingerprints and DNA, they told him he was not a suspect – and he also insisted he had never discussed religion or politics with Tsarnaev. Raffaello Pantucci is a senior research fellow with the Royal United Services Institute. “There are only two million Chechens in the world so they tend to hang out together, they are a community that tends to group together wherever you find them. So the fact that he knew some other people who may have been involved in Chechen dissident activity is not entirely surprising. There isn’t necessarily a causal link there.” Mark Sleboda is senior lecturer in international relations and security studies at Moscow StateUniversity. He says Khadjimuradov is unlikely to have contributed to Tsarnaev’s radicalisation. “It would seem to me that most of his frustrations would be more directed towards Russia and Chechnya, whereas Tamerlan and his brother’s radicalisation seems directed against the US, obviously.” Much attention has been given to a six-month trip made by Tsarnaev last year to Dagestan, which neighbours Chechnya and continues to see insurgent violence. Raffaello Pantucci again. “They managed to build a bomb quite effectively and the detonator it’s not totally clear where the workings for that came from or the idea of how to develop it. So people are still trying to assess what this Chechen angle is. I don’t think it’s the Chechen threat being stressed, I think this is an individual from within the Chechen community who decided to do this, and that’s where the link lies.” But Mark Sleboda says that the roots of the Tsarnaevs’ radicalisation may not lie in the Caucusus region. “I think he is of a new generation of globalised radicalised Islam which is the product of the war on terror actually, that has spread through the internet.” Raffaello Pantucci of RUSI says the US now faces a ‘homegrown’ threat from jihadists who are American citizens, despite the US military’s successes against Al Qaeda abroad. “While the organisation abroad may have been largely dismantled, though by the way it continues to exist, the difficulty is that the ideas are now out there and the ideas are quite flexible and you can quite easily join or be involved without necessarily being part of a determined group.” Last month, Canadian police arrested two men accused of plotting to attack a passenger train. However, academics say about 20 Muslim-Americans per year are arrested or convicted of violent terrorism offenses per year. They claim this figure is irrelevant when compared to terror attacks globally and America’s own domestic murder rate. Boston marathon suspect hunt: Chechnya link Backstory

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