The FBI is investigating another man who may have been involved in the Boston Marathon Bombings.
The suspect, Chechen exile Musa Khadjimuradov, moved to the U.S. in 2004 through the United Nations refugee program. He was familiar with the now infamous Tsarnaev brothers. The three first met in 2006 through the Chechen Society of Boston. According to the FBI, Khadjimuradov and the Tsarnaev brothers last saw each other just weeks before the Marathon bombings.
Khadjimuradov, paralyzed from wounds he suffered as a Russian militant, first spoke with American authorities on April 29. Investigators were looking for information about a New Hampshire fireworks shop that the Tsarnaev brothers may have purchased pyrotechnic equipment used in the bombs from.
“They [the FBI agents] saying he [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] has a shooting practice here in New Hampshire, like two or three times,” Khadjimuradov said. “So he buy fireworks here from New Hampshire, you know, and he buy some ammunition rounds here in New Hampshire. And before the attack, like three or four weeks, came to my house, so now I believe they thinking like he [was] up in New Hampshire [and] like I tried to help him or do something, you know, like that.”
Khadjimuradov denies that he helped the Tsarnaev brothers in any way or that he knew of the brothers' plot. Though he knew both brothers, Khadjimuradov was primarily friends with now-deceased brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Khadjimuradov says Tsarnaev never spoke with him about any opinions or ideologies that could have led the brothers to carrying out the bombings.
“Nothing, never. He never talked about the religious, politics or anything like that to me,” Khadjimuradov said.
Khadjimuradov has been interviewed by authorities multiple times and his New Hampshire home has been searched. He says he is fully complying with investigators, but that he doesn’t have answers to many of the questions authorities have been asking him.
According to investigators, the brothers carried out the bombings in protest of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother currently in custody, wrote a confession to the crimes while hiding from police in a boat before his capture. He has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and will appear in court at the end of this month. If, or more likely when, he is convicted, Tsarnaev will face either the death penalty or a life sentence.