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    Uncle Speaks Out About Boston Bombing Suspects

    Uncle Speaks Out About Boston Bombing Suspectsi
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    April 19, 2013 11:32 PM
    The two men identified by U.S. law enforcement officials as suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon are brothers: 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev. VOA's Carla Babb tells us about them, and their uncle is vocal. about his nephews.
    The two men identified by U.S. law enforcement officials as suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon are brothers:  19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    Who are Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? Both lived near Boston and are of Chechen origin. Friends described them as smart and athletic. The youngest, Dzokhar was a wrestler.

    The oldest, Tamerlan, a boxer. Officials say Tamerlan died from wounds received in an overnight shootout with police.  

    Dzhokhar, wearing a white hat in this image taken near the marathon bombings, is on the run.  

    Ruslan Tsarni said he is the suspects' uncle. "I've been following it from day one but never ever imagined that somehow the children of my brother would be associated with that," said Tsarni.

    Monday's twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon wounded more than 170 people and killed three: restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, Boston University student Lu Lingzi and eight-year old Martin Richard.  

    Tsarni said his brother had little influence over the two boys and that they have shamed what he called "the Chechen ethnicity."  He characterized them as...

    "Being losers, and not being able to settle themselves and thereby just hating everyone who did."

    Dzhokhar's Twitter account was active after the bombing. Here, someone identified as Dzhokhar writes, "God hates dead people? Or victims of tragedies LOL. Those people are cooked."

    His uncle pleaded with him.  

    "I say, Dzhokhar, if you're alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims."

    With an ongoing manhunt, people in and around Boston are on high alert.

    Carla Babb

    Carla is VOA's Pentagon correspondent covering defense and international security issues. Her datelines include Ukraine, Turkey, Pakistan, Korea, Japan and Egypt.

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    by: MATT FREDERICK from: PENNSYLVANIA
    April 20, 2013 5:55 AM
    I feel like these bombing brothers were not satisfied with their evil, murderous plan. As horrible as it was killing 3 innocent young americans, they probably intended to kill alot more people and it had to be an act of terrorism produced by alot more people than them two idiots. Why can't they demand to speak with the father who already badmouthed our brave, courageous policemen calling them cowards.

    by: MATT FREDERICK from: PENNSYLVANIA
    April 20, 2013 3:41 AM
    These brainwashed, crazy terrorists. Somebody or some evil organization presented them with anti-American information and it was many years of brainwashing that turned them into monsters. The dad doesn't seem right to me. His whole demeaner and comments bothered me. They better take a look into this so called father in Russia. The eldest son went to visit him for 6 months then came back to America and immediately posted Jihad,Alquieda and terrorist crap on his PC. Something just seems suspicious with that.

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