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Father of Chechen Immigrant Shot During Interrogation Denounces FBI

The father of a Chechen immigrant shot dead in Florida while being questioned by the FBI in connection with the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings claims his son was killed "execution style."

At a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Abdul-Baki Todashev displayed photographs showing the body of a young man who looked like his son, Ibragim, with at least seven bullet wounds.

Abdul-Baki Todashev called those who shot his son "bandits" who should be put on trial.

Ibragim Todashev was fatally shot in the city of Orlando on May 22. The FBI said in a statement that day that an FBI special agent, along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing Todashev in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, and that he was shot after he initiated a "violent confrontation."

According to the bureau, the special agent "sustained non-life threatening injuries" during the incident.

After the incident, some U.S. media quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, had lunged at the agent with a knife. On Wednesday, the Washington Post newspaper quoted an unnamed U.S. official as saying that Todashev had lunged at the agent but was unarmed.

The FBI said Wednesday that is conducting a review of the incident to determine "the reasonableness of the application of deadly force."

The Council on American-Islamic relations, an advocacy group, said Wednesday it is asking the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division to investigate the incident.



U.S. media also reported that while being questioned by the FBI, Todashev had implicated himself and Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a September 2011 triple slaying in a Boston suburb.

Todashev formerly lived in the Boston area and trained in martial arts at a gym with Tsarnaev, a Boston resident. Both men were ethnic Chechen immigrants with U.S. resident status.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police a few days after the Boston Marathon bombings. He was in a database of potential terrorism suspects and the United States had been warned by Russia that he might be an Islamic militant.

His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in federal custody on charges he helped in the twin Boston Marathon blasts, which killed three people and injured 264 others.

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