The FBI had great fears that Boston bombers, Chechen brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerian Tsarnaev, received training from a terrorist group. This information has come out of the current trial that’s going on. Prosecutors are currently seeking the death penalty for one of the bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and have suggested that at the time of his arrest, the FBI believed that the brothers were trained by a terrorist group due to their use of sophisticated weapons.
It is believed that the immigrants had built two pressure cookers with explosive devices that detonated on April 15, 2013 near the finish line at the Boston marathon. The bombings resulted in the deaths of three Bostonians, and wounded up to 260 others who were involved in the Boston marathon.
According to the U.S. Justice Department:
“These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others.”
It is believed that this statement is in response to the defense’s strategy in trying to get Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s hospital bed confession thrown out of the case.
ABC News reported last month that counterterrorism officials said the bombings that occurred at the Boston marathon might not have been caused by bombs that were completely built from the instructions that they found online.
To back up this theory by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and former Joint IED Defeat Organization director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, a comparison was made between the pressure cooker that’s usually found in all al Qaeda weaponry and the construction of the bombs that were in the Boston marathon. Apparently there were significant differences between the two.
Although the FBI had feared that the brothers had inside training, it was concluded in official reports that the brothers were more likely using the internet to research bombcraft. That said, the Tsarnaevs did distinguish themselves by building four separate IED designs.
As for the defense lawyers, they want Tsarnaev’s statement thrown out because he was allegedly in a sedated state in the hospital bed and wasn’t read his Miranda rights. Over those two days, investigators on the case questioned him fourteen times, but they also let Tsarnaev take breaks for rest, sleep, and treatment periods.
During the confession, he admitted his involvement in the Boston marathon bombing but denied he was involved with a terrorism group. As of right now, Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to his charges.
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