- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, told investigators that it was his brother, Tamerlan, and not internationalist terror cell members, who plotted the April 15 marathon attacks.

An unnamed government official said the interviews with Mr. Tsarnaev were preliminary, given his medical condition, CNN reported. The suspect is recovering in the hospital from a neck wound that some believe was self-inflicted, but has been communicating with investigators in writing.

But law enforcement also said that both brothers fit profiles for jihadists who are self-radicalized, rather than raised and trained for terror by established overseas groups, CNN reported. Mr. Tsarnaev told investigators that Tamerlan believed Islam was under attack and that it was his duty to fight aback, CNN reported.

Investigators are following up with those statements, CNN reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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