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Russia 'asked FBI to probe bomb suspect' in 2011

Russia asked the FBI to investigate the Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, a US law enforcement official has told Reuters.

The FBI said yesterday that its interview of Tsarnaev, following a tip from a foreign government two years ago, and checks of travel records, Internet activity and personal associations, "did not find any terrorism activity" at that time.

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Boston bomb suspects' father: They 'never did anything'

The father of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev spoke to CNN's Nick Paton Walsh from his car briefly in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Credit: CNN

Anzar Tsamaev, the father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, spoke briefly to the media today to say he could not believe his sons were guilty of what they have been accused of.

Speaking from inside his car in Makhachkala, Dagestan, he told CNN: "My sons never did anything."

He also said he was planning to travel to America.

Mother of Boston bomb suspects: 'It's a set-up'

The mother of the two men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings has claimed that they were set-up.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said it was "impossible" for Tamerlan, 26, and Dzhokhar, 19, to carry out the attacks.

Tamerlan was killed during a gunfight with police and Dzhokhar was captured after a manhunt.

FBI 'interviewed' elder Boston bomb suspect in 2011

The elder Boston bomb suspect, who died last night in a shootout with police, was apparently interviewed by the FBI two years ago following an international tipoff.

According to a US law enforcement source, an unidentified foreign government requested the agency speak to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Credit: Johannes Hirn

The source, who remained anonymous, said no "derogatory" information was found against the Chechen and the matter - the nature of which is still not known - was put "to bed" by officials.

US authorities said the official's claim is the first indication that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, were known to security officials prior to Monday's bombings.

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'Father' of Boston suspects claims they were framed

Anzor Tsarnaev claims he is the father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Credit: REUTERS/Reuters TV

A man who claims to be the Boston bombing suspects' father has alleged the pair were framed and urged police officers not to kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is still at large, Reuters reported.

Speaking in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, Anzor Tsarnaev reportedly said, "Somebody clearly framed them. I don't know who exactly framed them, but they did. They framed them. And they were so cowardly that they shot the boy dead".

"I can't reach anyone [on the phone]. I want to know about my children. I'm scared for my boy - that they will shoot him dead too somewhere. And then they'll just say, 'He had weapons'. Where can kids get weapons for God's sake?", he added.

Boston suspects' aunt suggests brothers were framed

An aunt of the Boston terror suspects has suggested that her two nephews are innocent and have been set up.

Maret Tsarnaeva told media she believed the photo showing Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing was a fake.

"I am suspicious that the picture was staged. They could not have done this. Where is the evidence?" she said.

When asked who she thought was behind the alleged set-up, the Toronto-based Tsarnaeva replied, "whoever is looking for someone else to be blamed".

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