Anzor Tsarnaev Returns To United States, Says ‘I Don’t Want To Blow Anyone Up’

Anzor Tsarnaev is returning to the United States to bury his son Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with Boston police on Friday as they closed in on the bombing suspect.

Anzor has previously stood up for his sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, calling the younger Dzhokhar an “angel.” Now he said he is returning to see his younger son and plan the funeral for the older one.

“I am going to the US to bury my son,” Anzor Tsarnaev said, via NBC News’ Adrienne Mong. “I don’t want to blow up anyone. I want to see my younger son.”

As Anzor Tsarnaev returns to the United States, details surrounding the manhunt for his sons have become more clear. Police now say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when Boston police and FBI members finally captured the remaining bombing suspect on Friday, contradicting initial reports that the 19-year-old had a gun and engaged in a shootout with police.

In the days after the manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects came to an end — with 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead from a shootout and his brother Dzhokhar captured the next day — many other details have emerged that contradict with the initial reports.

Police initially said they “exchanged gunfire” with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he lay hidden in a boat in a Watertown backyard, but law enforcement officials now say there was no gun in the boat. They are now trying to determine what caused officers to fire several rounds into the boat at Tsarnaev.

Reports of the number of guns the brothers had that night have also been corrected. It was initially reported that the Tsarnaev brothers had three guns on them the night of the shootout with police, but police now say they only had one gun, and it was used by Tamerlan.

Police say the brothers killed Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier in an attempt to get another gun.

“He had a triple-lock holster, and they could not figure it out,” a law enforcement official said. “There is evidence at the scene to suggest that they were going for his gun.”

It is not clear when or where Tamerlan Tsarnaev will be buried. Mosques in the Boston area have reportedly refused to give him a Muslim funeral Anzor Tsarnaev told journalists in the Russian province of Dagestan that he is departing for the United States “today or tomorrow.”

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