Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boston suspects trained: Lawmakers believe bombing suspects had training

Boston suspects trained: Lawmakers believe bombing suspects had training, A report from the Associated Press on Sunday, April 28, 2013, states that lawmakers believe the Boston bombing suspects were professionally trained. Up until now, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, were said to have done everything on their own without any training, but others feel differently.

The FBI is currently investigating overseas and in the United States to figure out if the Boston suspects had training that helped them do the crimes they did, per the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

SEE: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moved to secure facility with small cell and steel door

The Tsarnaev brothers had pressure-cooker bombs filled with nails, ball bearings, and shrapnel which were triggered by remote detonators. While there is no belief that any others were directly involved with the Boston suspects; it is now believed that they did receive training for these actions.

"I think given the level of sophistication of this device, the fact that the pressure cooker is a signature device that goes back to Pakistan, Afghanistan, leads me to believe — and the way they handled these devices and the tradecraft — ... that there was a trainer and the question is where is that trainer or trainers," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on "Fox News Sunday."

"Are they overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?" McCaul said. "In my conversations with the FBI, that's the big question. They've casted a wide net both overseas and in the United States to find out where this person is. But I think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals."

It has long been believed that the brothers had some kind of military training, but it was denied by the younger of the two. Lawmakers are insistent that they did have training and someone had helped them do what they did in Boston.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has said that the FBI is still trying to locate others that may have been involved with the suspects before the bombings.

"We still have persons of interest that we're working to find and identify and have conversations with," said Rogers.

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