CNN Investigates Slain Boston Bombing Suspect’s Links To Jihadist Groups In Chechnya

Monday afternoon, CNN delved into the possible links between slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and jihadist groups in the Dagestan region of Chechnya in Russia. By tracking the source of a video that the older suspect posted on his increasingly militaristic YouTube account, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reported on the possible connection from southern Russia.

Walsh showed part of the video of a militant who goes by the name Abu Dujan that Tsarnaev had apparently posted on his YouTube channel. Dujan was later killed by Russian special forces during a gun fight that occurred last December in the same region that the Boston suspect visited in the early part of last year. As Walsh put it, “this could be the clearest link yet between one of the alleged Boston bombers and the violence that’s been gripping southern Russia.”

Meanwhile, the younger Tsarnaev has apparently been communicating with law enforcement officers, despites his “serious medical condition.” CNN’s Tom Fuentes explained to Wolf Blitzer that because Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is intubated and cannot speak, officials are likely relying on yes or no questions with the suspect nodding or shaking his head to respond. At this point, Fuentes said, the FBI’s main goal is to find out the answer to the question, “are there any other terrorists that may carry out an additional attack that we’re not aware of, or is this it?”

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