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article imageBBC: Boston bomber 'had right-wing extremist literature'

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was in possession of right-wing American literature before the attack, a BBC Panorama investigation revealed.
Tamerlan and his brother, 19-year-old Dhokhar, are suspected of detonating the homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon on April15, killing three people and injuring over 260. In the aftermath, it was widely perceived that the brothers were self-styled radical jihadists, motivated by their religious views.
But a BBC Panorama reporter, who spent months speaking to friends of the brothers to try to understand the roots of their radicalization, challenges that perception.
The Panorama program, The Brothers who Bombed Boston, discovered that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was shot dead by police in a manhunt after the attacks, read literature about “the rape of our gun rights,” as well as articles that claimed 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma bombing were US-led conspiracies, The BBC reported late Sunday.
This isn't' the first time the suspected bomber has been connected to right-wing influences. In April, the Associated Press reported that Tamerlan took an interest in Conservative talk- show host Alex Jones' site Infowars.
Boston bombs suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  19  captured (right). Tamerlan Tsarnaev  26  dead (left)
Boston bombs suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, captured (right). Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead (left)
According to the BBC, Tamerlan also read texts that examined the motivations behind mass killings and looked at how murderers which "maimed calmly." There was also material discussing the plight of prisoners still trapped in Guantanamo Bay and on US drone activity.
The surviving brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges connected to the bombings including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
The Brothers who Bombed Boston airs on Monday, August 5 at 8.30pm on BBC One and then on the BBC iPlayer in the UK, the BBC writes.
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