Boston suspect called victims ‘collateral damage’ for wars overseas

AFP-JIJI

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note before his capture in which he called the victims “collateral damage” for U.S. action in Afghanistan and Iraq, local media reported Thursday.

“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev also scribbled on the inside wall of the boat where he hid from police during a massive manhunt in the days after the April 15 blasts, according to CBS News.

The twin explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Citing unnamed sources, CBS News said the note claimed the bombings were payback for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq and referred to the victims as “collateral damage.”

Dzhokhar also said he did not mourn the death of his older brother, Tamerlan, saying he was a martyr after being killed in a shootout with police.

Federal prosecutors have charged Dzhokhar with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, as well as the malicious destruction of property by means of deadly explosives.

FBI agents, meanwhile, have searched the home of a former Chechen rebel fighter living in the U.S. who admits he met with Tamerlan Tsarnaev less than a month before the bombings, Voice of America reported. Musa Khadjimuradov, 35, said agents took his hard drives during a search of his home in New Hampshire, along with DNA samples and fingerprints. Khadjimuradov said the FBI told him he was not a suspect in the case, and he denied any involvement.