BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – The deceased Boston bombing suspect called the Bible a copy of the Quran during an argument about religion, a former neighbor claims.
Albrecht Ammon, whose apartment is in the same building in the Boston suburb of Watertown where Tamerlan Tsarnaev once lived, told CBS television’s “60 Minutes” that the dispute between the two took place about three months ago.
“I remember the first thing I said to him was that it’s always good to have an open mind towards other religions. And then he went into the Bible and the Quran,” Ammon said in an excerpt of an interview that was set to air Sunday. “He was explaining how the Bible is actually a copy of the Quran and how it’s used for the American government as an excuse to invade other countries.”
Christianity predates Islam by 600 years.
Tamerlan began posting militant videos on social-media sites in recent years, and made a six-month trip to Dagestan, which borders Chechnya, in 2012. Both Russian regions host separatist rebel groups.