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Boston bomber linked to murders

AFP-JIJI

The elder of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombs has been implicated in a triple murder in which the victims’ throats were slashed.

In a document filed as part of preparations for the younger brother’s trial, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was linked to the killings in the Boston suburb of Waltham on Sept. 11, 2011 the tenth anniversary of the al-Qaida attacks. All three bodies were found nearly decapitated, covered with marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash.

Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police after the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, allegedly carried out the attacks with his brother Dzhokhar, then 19, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others on April 15. His brother was later captured during a massive manhunt.

Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead by agents allegedly acting in self-defense after he lunged at them during questioning at his Florida home in May. Investigators said Todashev had been on the verge of signing a confession that he and Tamerlan were involved in the September 2011 murders. It is not yet clear whether there are any other suspects in the 2011 killings.