With the death of Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnayev, and the manhunt still on for his 19-year old brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the city of Boston and surrounding areas remain on lock down.
Authorities are positive that those two men are responsible for the explosions that killed 3 people and left hundreds more wounded. However, their mother is accusing the U.S. of setting her sons up.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva spoke to Russia Today from Makhachkala, Russia.
“I am 100% sure that this is a set up,” said Tsarnaeva. “My two sons are really innocent. Neither of them never have talked about whatever they’re saying about now. And what I want to say is my youngest son was raised from 8-years [old] in America. And my oldest son he really properly raised. In our house nobody talked about terrorism. My son, Tamerlan, he got involved in religious politics 5 years ago. He started following his own religious aspects, and he never told me he would be on the side of Jihad. My son would never do this. It is a set up. He was controlled by [the] FBI for 5 years. They knew what my son was doing. They knew what actions and what disguise on the internet he was going. Whatever information he’s getting, they’re controlling him. So, how could this happen? They were controlling every step of him. They are saying today that this is a terrorist act. This is not true.”
When asked to explain why her sons were involved in the violent firefight with police this morning and threw explosives out of the window of their vehicle, Tsarnaeva insisted it wasn’t true.
“I never believed into it,” she said, speaking broken English. “I know my son never spoke about those things. I am a mother. I raised them. The FBI was scared of my oldest son. They always told me that he’s a leader. They’re afraid of him and think he’s a leader. He talks about Islam a lot. [An] official called me and told me my son was an excellent boy. At the same time they were saying he was getting information from the extremist side. They were very afraid of him. That’s why I think it was a set up.”
Both brothers are of Chechen descent. Islam is the predominant religion in Chechnya.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Anzor Tsarnaev also claimed his sons were set up.
“They were set up, they were set up!” he exclaimed. “I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan.“
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