Boston bombing suspects not known to Dagestani, Chechen security services

Boston Bombings Suspects File Photo Adapted from FBI Image

(Interfax – MOSCOW/GROZNY/MAKHACHKALA. April 19, 2013) Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who are suspected of committing the Boston Marathon bomb attack, are not on the Chechen or Dagestani law enforcement agencies’ wanted lists.

“The Tsarnaev brothers are not on our databases of those wanted,” the Dagestani Interior Ministry told Interfax.

“We have one Tsarnaev, who did not pay an administrative fine for breaking traffic rules in 2012, but he has nothing to do with the events in Boston,” it said.

Chechen special services also told Interfax that they had not heard about the Tsarnaev brothers.

“According to our information, these people did not appear on the republic’s territory. At least they did not manifest themselves anyhow,” a source with Chechen special services told Interfax.

It turned out earlier that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev studied for one year at Makhachkala School No. 1 in the early 2000s. “They come from a family of refugees from Kyrgyzstan. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in first grade for one year, and so was his elder brother Tamerlan. They have two sisters, as far as I remember. They left the republic in 2002,” Temirmagomed Davudov, the school principal, told Interfax on Friday.

It was reported earlier that U.S. police were hunting for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, a Boston suburb, on suspicion of killing a policeman on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus and arranging the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was earlier fatally shot in an exchange of fire with police.