The Boston Globe is reporting that the elder brother of the terrorist Tsarnaev Brothers passed a citizenship test a mere three months before the attack on the Boston Marathon.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old ethnic Chechen who had immigrated to the United States from Russia a decade before the attack, had correctly answered questions about American history and demonstrated proficiency in English. But the U.S. immigration officer who reviewed his test did not immediately approve Tsarnaev’s citizenship application, the newspaper reported.
The information came from 651 pages of heavily redacted documents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Tsarnaev was the older of the two brothers who carried out the April 15, 2013, attack, which killed three people and injured 264, and three days later shot dead a university police officer while they attempted to flee the city. He died following a gunfight with police in the suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, after his younger brother, Dzhokhar, ran him over in a hijacked sport-utility vehicle.
And new information is coming to light about younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
In a related legal matter, court papers unsealed in connection with the case of the friend of the younger Tsarnaev convicted of lying to investigators in connection with a terrorist probe offered new details on what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI during an interrogation while he was hospitalized after the gunfight.
The New York Post writes, "the brothers had not told any of their friends about the planned attack because they trusted no one else and that the younger Tsarnaev had not warned any of his friends to stay away from the marathon that day because he did not care if they got hurt."