Boston mosque refuses to bury alleged bomber’s corpse

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:32 EDT
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Deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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A Boston-area mosque has refused to bury the body of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the men allegedly behind the Boston Marathon bombing, his aunt tells NBC News.

Patimat Suleimanova said that Tsarnaev’s body has been released to his family, who requested a funeral from their local mosque. She did not know which mosque it was, only that they refused.

Tsarnaev was known to at least one local Muslim leader for disrupting services, and in one instance loudly objecting to a devotional that held up Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a figure to emulate.

He was killed in a shootout with police Friday morning, but his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, escaped in a vehicle. He was later found hiding in a boat, but reportedly shot himself before police could reach him. He’s said to be in stable condition.

Investigators claim the younger Tsarnaev said the two plotted the attack as an act of revenge for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Investigators added that there does not appear to be an organizational link to the brothers, suggesting they acted alone. They also claimed that the surviving suspect said they were aided by an English-language al-Qaeda propaganda magazine called “Inspire,” aimed at providing potential western terrorists with information on how to carry out attacks.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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