Bombing Suspect Tells Authorities That Brothers Acted Alone
Dhzokhar Tsarnav is reportedly telling questioners that he and his brother acted alone in carrying out their attack at the Boston Marathon last week:
A U.S. government source tells CNN that in preliminary interviews with the Boston Marathon terrorist attack bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told law enforcement that no foreign terrorist groups were involved in the incident; there was an online component to their radicalization – through watching videos, not through online communication; and that older brother, Tamerlan, was the driving force behind the planning and execution of the attacks.
Tamerlan’s motivation was that of jihadist thought, the source says, with its religious and political motivations, the idea that Islam is under attack and jihadists need to fight back.
The source adds according to these preliminary interviews the brothers seem to fit into the classification of self-starters, self-radicalized jihadists.
Investigators will no doubt continue to investigate for possible links between the Tsarnaev’s and others, no doubt, especially since it’s unclear where these two men could have gotten the money they would have needed to pull off this attack. Nonetheless, this may well end up being the kind of “lone wolf” attack that terrorism analysts have been warning us about.