INVESTIGATORS EXPLORE POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT AND EXTREMIST GROUP

Fox News on April 20, 2013, reported that investigators are exploring potential links between Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and an extremist group known as the Caucasus Emirate, sources tell Fox News. Excerpts below:

The purported leader of the separatist and Islamic extremist group is Doku Umarov, a Chechen Islamic militant in Russia whose ordering of numerous attacks on civilians has earned him the nickname Russia’s Usama bin Laden. The U.N.’s Al Qaeda sanctions committee has also cited Umarov for his alleged connections with Al Qaeda and other extremist groups.

The investigation is based on the contents of Tsarnaev’s YouTube channel and his trip to Russia in the first half of 2012, which included stops in Dagestan and Chechnya.

Investigators are now looking for potential ties including Tamerlan’s email traffic, the posting of videos in support of an Islamist objective and whether there was person-to-person contact.

Sources tell Fox that Caucasus Emirate is one of several groups being investigated.

Caucasus Emirate was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 2011.

“The group uses bombings, shootings and attempted assassinations to provoke a revolution and expel the Russian government from the North Caucasus region,” according to designation.

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