A jihadist website linked to an Islamist movement founded by a leading Chechan militant said there were no links between the group and the Boston bombings. In a statement, the group said their target was Russia, not America, and that they do not "strike on civilian targets".
The Command of the Province of Dagestan indicates [...] the Caucasian Mujahideen are not fighting against the United States of America. We are at war with Russia. [...]
Also, remember that even in respect to the enemy state of Russia, [...] there is an order by the Emir Dokku Umarov which prohibits strikes on civilian targets.
In this regard, the Command of the Mujahideen of the Province of Dagestan urges the media, primarily the American, to halt speculations and promotion of Russia propaganda.
Detectives in Boston are looking further afield as they piece together their case against Marathon suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.
The uncle of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev described his recent visit to Dagestan in Russia and his great shock at the attacks.
Both men were enrolled in a school in Dagestan, a neighbouring region that was drawn into Chechnya's violence during the 1990s.