1. National

Uncle's 'pity' for bomb victims

The uncle of the brothers suspected of carrying out last week's Boston bombings has told ITV News he feels great sympathy and pity for the victims. Speaking from his home in Dagestan, he said he was struggling to believe his nephews were responsible.

View all 29 updates ›

Chechen insurgents 'deny link' to Boston attack

The militant group responsible for the Chechen insurgency denied it has any link to the Boston Marathon bombings and claimed the investigation is part of an anti-Chechnya “PR campaign”, NBC News reported.

The Chechen mujahideen's media operation, the Kavkaz Centre, published a blog post in which it mocked the "lightning speed" that suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were identified, according to a translation.

Police pictured in Watertown, Massachusetts as they hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

It questions the logic that the Tsarnaev brothers could be terrorists, saying, "The news that the brothers attacked police officers, carjacked a man and did an array of other things, instead of going into hiding, looks strange at the very least”.

The Kavkaz Centre also suggests that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - who remains on the run - was “very far from your typical ‘Islamic terrorist’".

"What's more, he just logged onto his Russian social networking site a few hours ago”, it added.

More on this story