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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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Boston suspect tweeted 'I'm stress free' after bombing

Two former classmates of 19-year-old Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the Washington Post that the Twitter account @J_tsar belonged to the fugitive.

On Wednesday 17th April, two days after the Marathon, he tweeted that he was "stress free":

On Tuesday 16th April, a day after the bombing, he posted the following messages:

Suspect on the run became US citizen last year

The Boston bombing suspect who is still on the run became a US citizen on September 11 last year, according to documents obtained by NBC News.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, became a US citizen on September 11, 2012, according to the report. Credit: FBI Handout

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had a Massachusetts driver’s license and was living in Cambridge, near Boston.

Older suspect said 'I like the USA' in 2004 interview

Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly told a Massachusetts newspaper in 2004: "I like the USA".

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (r) pictured with brother Dzhokhar at the Boston Marathon. Credit: FBI

Speaking after winning a novice boxing match, Tsarnaev told the Lowell Sun: "I like the USA ... America has a lot of jobs. That's something Russia doesn't have. You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work."

According to the 2004 article, Tsarnaev grew up in Grozny, Chechnya, and moved to the US with his family in 2003.

Background: Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev

It is thought that the brothers who have been identified as suspects in the Boston marathon bombing, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are from a Russian region near Chechnya, having moved to the US around 10 years ago.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

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