• Report: FBI searches NH home of exiled Chechen rebel


    MANCHESTER, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) – The FBI searched the home of an exiled former Chechen rebel who went target shooting with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev one month prior to the Patriot's Day attack that killed three and injured more than 260, reports The Voice of America.

    According to The Voice of America, the FBI visited the home of Musa Khadzhimuratov Tuesday and searched the residence, as well as the hard drives on his computers; however, officials would not comment on the matter.

    A resident who lives at the Eastern Avenue apartment complex told the VOA the FBI arrived at about 8 a.m. and did not leave until the late afternoon. The resident also said the Khadzhimuratovs keep to themselves, and Khadzhimuratov himself is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of being shot in the back in Chechnya, reports the VOA.

    Khadzhimuratov told the news outlet that he met with Tsarnaev numerous times over the past several years and that the FBI first questioned him on April 29. He claims Tsarnaev never discussed his Islamic or political beliefs.

    The Union Leader reports Khadzhimuratov has actually reached out to Sen. John McCain via Twitter. He  sent a series of nine tweets reportedly asking for citizenship and also saying McCain should tell the truth about Russia and Putin's KGB.

    Tamerlan and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, two ethnic Chechen brothers from southern Russia, are accused of planting two explosives near the Boston Marathon finish line April 15.

    Tamerlan was killed following a shootout with police in Watertown while Dzhokhar was taken into police custody less than 24 hours later on April 19.

    Dzhokhar is facing federal terror charges that could bring the death penalty. He is currently being held at a medical facility in Devens. His court hearing is scheduled for late May.

    For more information: The Union Leader

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