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FBI interviewed Boston bomb suspect in 2011: official

Agence France-Presse
The case was dropped after the FBI found "no derogatory information"

BROTHERS TSARNAEV. 26-year-old Tamerlan and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are suspected of bombing the Boston marathon. Photos from Boston Police

BOSTON, Massachusetts – The FBI said Friday that its agents had interviewed one of the two Boston marathon bombing suspects in 2011 at the request of a foreign government.

The investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed overnight, found “no derogatory information,” an official from the Federal Bureau of Investigation told AFP.

The official declined to identify the country or specify the motive of the probe. Police in the Boston suburb of Watertown subsequently said Tsarnaev’s younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, was in custody.

The Chechen brothers are the main suspects in Monday’s Boston marathon bombing that left three people dead and around 180 wounded.

Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a shootout with police in the early hours of Friday after an earlier gunbattle in which a police officer was shot dead. –

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