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FBI interviewed dead Boston suspect in 2011

world Updated: Apr 20, 2013 22:57 IST
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The FBI has confirmed that it had interviewed Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who killed in a shootout on Friday in Watertown, in 2011.

The agency interviewed Tsarnaev, 26, two years ago to see if he had any extremist ties, but failed to find any linkage.

His younger brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured by authorities in Watertown, Mass on Friday.

According to CBS news, both Tsarnaev brothers were legal permanent residents of the US.

There is no evidence so far that either brother received any tactical training.

The FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, but the brothers' mother said they had in an interview with Russia Today.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son got involved in "religious politics" about five years ago, and never told her he was involved in "jihad."

She insisted the FBI "knew what he was doing on Skype" and that they counseled him "every step of the way."