He tried to brainwash me: Boston bomber’s ex-girlfriend  

  • PTI, Melbourne
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  • Updated: Apr 30, 2013 02:09 IST

An ex-girlfriend of deceased Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has told how he tried to brainwash her into becoming a Muslim fanatic who hated America.

Nadine Ascencao, 24, said Tamerlan made her wear an Islamic hijab and pray to Allah and slapped her when she wore Western clothes.

According to the Sun, Tamerlan made her wear an Islamic hijab and pray to Allah and slapped her when she wore Western clothes. Tamerlan, 26, who with 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar killed three people and injured 260 when they exploded two bombs at the Boston marathon, started dating Nadine in 2006 when she was 17.

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During their three-year relationship she watched him change from a cannabis-smoking, party-loving teenager into a violent extremist.

The couple even stopped having sex after he said it was wrong because they were not married, the report added.

She said: “One minute he’s this funny, normal guy who liked boxing and having fun, the next he is praying four times a day, watching Islamic videos and talking insane nonsense.

 

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