MAKHACHKALA, Russia — The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke at a news conference in Makhachkala on Thursday, repeating their certainty that their sons are innocent of the Boston Marathon terror attack.
“No,” said Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the two men whom authorities say planned and executed the bombings that killed three, injured more than 200 and exposed the vulnerability of a venerated annual event. “I don’t believe it, and I won’t believe it.”
Tsarnaeva addressed reporters after undergoing several days of interviews with U.S. intelligence officials and the Russian security services.
She said she was not unnerved by visits she received from FBI agents a year or two ago in Boston, in which they asked whether her elder son was inclined toward jihad or terror. Tamerlan, she said, had not expressed any such inclination.
“I didn’t see any reason to worry,” she said.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed a week ago during a chaotic confrontation with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured hours later after a massive manhunt that paralyzed much of the Boston region; he remains hospitalized and has been charged with murder and use of weapons of mass destruction in the Boston attack.