Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ibragim Todashev, Friend to Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Killed in FBI Shootout

At the Wall Street Journal, "Associate of Boston Bombing Suspects Is Killed: Orlando Man Connected to Tsarnaev Brothers Fatally Shot After Trying to Attack FBI Agent."

And the New York Times, "Man Being Queried on Tsarnaev Ties Is Killed by Officer":

BOSTON — A man in Orlando, Fla., who was being interviewed early Wednesday morning by an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Massachusetts state policeman about his ties to the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect, was fatally shot after he tried to attack them with a knife, according to a senior law enforcement official.

The authorities were questioning the man — who was identified by a law enforcement official as Ibragim Todashev — about whether he had played a role in a triple murder on Sept. 11, 2011, in Waltham, Mass.

“The investigators were working on the theory that he and Tamerlan had done the murder,” said the official, referring to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased marathon bombing suspect. One of the victims was a friend of Mr. Tsarnaev.

The F.B.I. agent, who was from the Boston field office, sustained minor injuries in the episode, the official said.

The official said that the authorities had spoken to Mr. Todashev at least twice since the April 15 bombings, which killed three and injured about 200.
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