FBI kills Chechen man during Boston bombing probe: What's known of him? (+video)
An FBI interrogation, part of the Boston bombing probe, ends in shooting death of a Chechen immigrant in Florida. The man reportedly knew suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. FBI claims self-defense.
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The FBI had interviewed Taramiv and Todashev several times, and the questioning that began Tuesday lasted several hours, Taramiv said.Skip to next paragraph
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"They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back," Taramiv said.
Todashev allegedly quarreled with a man over a parking spot at the Orlando Premium Outlet mall. He told authorities that, upon his arrest, that he "was only fighting to protect his knee because he had surgery in March," according to the arrest report. Todashev left the scene in a vehicle, and the other man was unconscious on the ground surrounded by “a considerable amount of blood,” the report said.
"Also by his own admission Todashev was recently a former mixed martial arts fighter," the arresting deputy noted in the report. "This skill puts his fighting ability way above that of a normal person."
Throughout the Boston bombing investigation, the FBI has sought to determine how the Tsarnaev brothers, both Muslims, came to be radicalized, exploring Tamerlan’s ties to extremists from Chechnya. FBI sources also told WESH that Todashev has friends overseas who are Islamist extremists.
Advocates in the US Chechen community have said that Russian intelligence officials may be pushing the FBI to investigate Chechens who speak out against Russia but who have no ties to terrorism, The New York Times reported.
FBI agents have repeatedly questioned Musa Khadzhimuratov, a former rebel fighter who now lives in Manchester, N.H., according to The New York Times. Tsarnaev had brief social visits with Mr. Khadzhimuratov, the latest a few weeks before the Boston attacks. Khadzhimuratov denies having any knowledge of the Tsarnaev brothers’ plans.
– Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.