Boston suspect’s father says he’s a ‘true angel’



In this image taken from a mobile phone video, the father of USA Boston bomb suspects, Anzor Tsaraev reacts as he talks to the media about his sons, in his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala, Friday April 19, 2013. One son is now dead, and one son Dzhokhar Tsaraev is still at large on Friday suspected in Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing which stunned friends who have pleaded for the surviving brother, described as bright and outgoing young man, to turn himself in and not hurt anyone.(AP Photo)

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — The father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing described his fugitive son as a smart and accomplished “angel” in an anguished interview in which he claimed they were set up.

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued.

“My son is a true angel,” said the elder Tsarnaev . He said his son was “an intelligent boy” who was studying medicine.

“We expected him to come on holidays here,” he said.

“They were set up, they were set up!” he exclaimed. “I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan.”

Tsarnaev, badly agitated, gave little more information and ended the call angrily, saying, “Leave me alone, my son’s been killed.”

The AP reached Tsarnaev through a phone number provided by a relative in the United States.

The younger Tsarnaev gave few clues as to his inner life on his profile on Vkontakte, a Russian equivalent of Facebook, though he did include websites about Islam among his favorites.

The family’s origins are in Chechnya, the mostly Muslim Russian republic where separatist rebels fought two full-scale wars with Russian forces since 1994.

A spokesman for Chechnya’s leader said the family left Chechnya long ago and went to Central Asia, then moved to Dagestan, a Muslim republic adjacent to Chechnya that has been the site of a sporadic insurgency for more than a decade.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended School No. 1 in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The principal’s secretary at School No. 1, Irina Bandurina, told the AP that Tsarnaev left for the U.S. in March 2002.

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  • Juan Cuevas

    Your son just took a 8 yr old life away. Both legs of his 6 year old sister and their mother is still in critical condition. Then you call your sons an Angel? The video in CBS shows it all that both of your sons drop the bag which carries the IED.

    I hope the other son will be caught alive so he can face and serve the full sentence of the law.

  • regd

    Angel of death. The father could be the mastermind.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    The father knew what his sons are doing. He could be the one that indoctrinated his children.

  • ikulong



      mga anghel muna bago naging mga demonyo! anghel na may sungay.

      • marionics

        angel means messenger in greek while Devil descends from the Middle English devel, from Old English dēofol, that in turn represents an early Germanic borrowing of Latin diabolus. This in turn was borrowed from Ancient Greek diábolos (διάβολος), “slanderer”,[5] from diaballein “to slander”: dia- “across, through” + ballein “to hurl”.

  • wawa2172

    Your son cannot be an angel, the lost of life of three innocent people, a kid, a chinese girl graduate student, an american woman and injuring hundreds some in critical condition. Your son are devils in disguised as angels and deceived the people of what they really are. Your sons traveled from your troubled islamic state and have been given refuge in the US. They are on their way for a better future, given scholarship grant by the state but their real motive to be in the US is to sow fear and damage to Americans.

  • okabato

    As usual the loved ones were the the last to know. The brothers had been messing around in the name of Islam and their parents knew nothing about it. Pathetic.

  • ting0508

    Again, Jihad elite fighters are all over the place. Al Qaeda appointed these two young men because they are Caucasians and will not be immediately suspected as terrorists by the US authorities. But this will only affirm the US resolve that they should go after Muslim countries and annihilate these Muslim terrorists! At all cost!

  • divictes

    Wow, his son is an angel. Then, I shudder to imagine what the devil in his family is capable of.

  • Olibo

    I agree that his sons are angels…….” Angels of death”

  • david

    the father is acting just like any father. forgive him.

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