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June 4th, 2013
06:15 AM ET

Parents of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveal details of their first conversation with son since his arrest – Phil Black reports

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are revealing details of their only conversation with their son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since he was placed under arrest. The Tsarnaevs played audio recordings of the conversation during an interview that aired on British television.

CNN’s Phil Black reports that the conversation took place one week ago and that the family was unable to discuss specific details relating to the bombing case itself.

Black says the conversation was “brief but very emotional, as the parents asked lots of questions about their son’s welfare.” Black reports that when Tsarnaev was asked if he was in pain, he reassured his parents he’s doing OK, telling them “he’s been eating for some time, being fed rice and chicken, and he insists that everything’s fine.”

Both parents are maintaining their sons’ innocence, telling British television, “It is terrible what happened you know, but I know that my kids did not do it,” Black reports.

May 1st, 2013
07:25 AM ET

Carjacking victim shares details on Tsarnaevs' dynamic with CNN's Pamela Brown

FROM CNN WIRES:

New York (CNN) - During the 90-minute ride of terror, Tamerlan Tsarnaev kept talking. He barked out orders, detailed his hatred of Americans and asked his carjacking victim to remain calm.

Tsarnaev kept asking about the 26-year-old driver's heritage and family.

"If you cooperate, I won't kill you," said Tsarnaev, who along with his younger brother, was a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings and the killing of a police officer.

The Massachusetts driver, whom CNN is identifying only as Danny because of privacy and safety concerns, gave his account of the April 18 incident and described the very different behavior of Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Pamela Brown shares details from her hour-long off-camera interview with "Danny."

READ MORE: Carjacking victim recalls differing demeanors of bombing suspects

April 30th, 2013
06:37 AM ET

Possible links between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Canadian jihadist boxer? Phil Black reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

(CNN) - Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.

William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov was born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.

The source said Plotnikov's body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov's death, the source said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Phil Black reports on possible links between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist William Plotnikov.

READ MORE: Boston probe eyes slain Canadian jihadist, source says

April 29th, 2013
06:52 AM ET

Militant killed in Russia raid linked 'tangentially' to Tsarnaev? Nick Paton Walsh reports

In developments Monday in the Boston marathon bombing investigation, Russian special forces killed two members of a jihadist group during an early morning raid in Dagestan, a semi-autonomous republic in southern Russia, two Russian police sources told CNN.

One of those killed, Shakhrudin Askhabov, was a close associate of Abu Dujan, the islamist group's leader.

Nick Paton Walsh reports on the death of Shakhrudin Askhabov, a close associate of Abu Dujan, and possible 'tangential links' to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.


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