Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boston suspects trained: 6-month stay in Dagestan significant to case?

Boston suspects trained: 6-month stay in Dagestan significant to case?, The Boston suspects might have been trained by a terrorist group. On April 28, NBC News reported that the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a police shootout in Watertown, Mass. last week, did travel to Russia for 6 months and lawmakers are trying to figure out if he got some kind of terrorist training while he was there.

"A key focus for investigators, centers on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's visit to Dagestan in 2012 and what he did during his 6-month stay. Authorities [say] they are weighing Russian reports on what they learned about Tamerlan while he was visiting family. The big question for lawmakers whether Tamerlan received training during his trip," NBC News reported.

If the Boston suspects were trained by a terrorist group (or others who are pro-killing Americans), it could give investigators more leads. At this point in time, however, it does not seem as though the two brothers knew what they were doing and that their "skills" were pretty much lacking in many areas.

"Several former counter-terrorism officials [say] investigators are leaning toward a theory that the two suspects did not have training and acted alone, pointing to serious flaws in the operation [such as no escape plan]," NBC News reported. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reportedly denied being affiliated with any larger group also, further suggesting that the two brothers were on their own.

It sounds like the Boston suspects trained themselves and may have even practiced putting explosives together before setting two bombs off at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Others have been taken into custody and questioned by the FBI but it is unclear if anyone had direct ties to the bombings that killed three and left nearly 200 injured.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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