Younger Boston Bombing Suspect Was Born in Kyrgyzstan

World | April 22, 2013, Monday // 16:42|  views

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested late on Friday when he was found seriously injured in a suburban backyard after a huge manhunt. Photo by FBI

Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon, was born in Kyrgyzstan but left the country in 2001, local authorities have told the US Department of State.

“Only the younger of the two brothers, that is to say Dzhokhar, was born in Kyrgyzstan and was a Kyrgyz citizen,” Kyrgyzstan’s deputy Prime Minister Joomart Otorbayev said during a meeting with US officials, according to RIA Novosti.

Otorbayev stated that the Tsarnaev family left Kyrgyzstan for the Russian region Dagestan in 2001, when the Tsarnaev brothers were seven and 14, respectively.

Otorbayev argued that the brother could not have been radicalized at such an early age, arguing that any acts they may have carried out in the United States had nothing to do with their life in Kyrgyzstan.

Dzhokhar’s elder brother Tamerlan, who died in hospital after a shootout early on Friday, was born in the southern Russian republic of Kalmykia and was a Russian citizen.
The two brothers are ethnic Chechens.

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