Boston bombing suspects: Tsarnaev brothers from Russia’s Caucasus, long-term US residents




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Boston bombing were identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19. The elder brother was killed in the stand-off with the police, while the younger one remains at large.

The father of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Anzor Tsarnaev, says his son, who still remains at large, is “accomplished medical student” and “a true angel”, AP reports. He spoke to the news agency from the city of Makhachkala, capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, shortly after police said his other son, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with a friend. The photo was uploaded early on Friday. Image from
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with a friend. The photo was uploaded early on Friday. Image from

“My son is a true angel,” the Anzor Tsarnaev told AP. “Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the US. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”

In the interview to ABC, Anzor Tsarnaev confessed he talked with his son about the bombing earlier this week.

“We talked about the bombing. I was worried about them,” he said.

Anzor Tsarnaev called on his son to give up peacefully. At the same time he warned that if the US kills his son, “all hell will break loose.”

The brothers’ uncle has confirmed to AP that the brothers lived together near Boston and have lived in the United States since immigrating there about a decade ago.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became an American Citizen on September 11, 2012, CBSBoston reported.

“I say Dzhokhar, if you are alive turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims, from the injured,” another uncle of the suspects, Ruslan Tsarin, has called on his nephew, also suggesting he ask for forgiveness.

“He put a shame on our family, he put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,”he said speaking to reporters outside him home in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

“I dearly ask you to respect our property. With the families of those who suffered, we’re sharing with them their grief,” The Guardian cited Tsarin. “And ready to meet with them, just to bend in front of them to ask their forgiveness.”

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