Russian Forces Raid Extremists With Boston Bombing Link

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The father of the two Boston bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, left, with the suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, center, speaks at a news conference in Makhachkala, the southern Russian province of Dagestan, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Sergei Rasulov/AP Photo)

The father of the two Boston bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, left, with the suspects' mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, center, speaks Thursday at a news conference in Makhachkala, Dagestan, in Russia.

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Russian special operations troops shot and killed two militants this weekend in the Caucusus region of Dagestan, a hub of Islamic extremism where the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had family ties.

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A former student at the university of Cairo and another local resident of the village of Sogratl opened fire on the Russian security troops after surrounding the house they were in, reports Reuters and News Track India. Police had tried to establish negotiations, and allowed two women and a child to exit the building.

Authorities have not stated whether the raid is linked to the two brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing, who visited family in Dagestan in 2012.

Russian authorities believe the two suspected militants killed this weekend belonged to the Kadar militant group, and suspected them of involvement of high-profile assassinations. This part of southwestern Russia, also home to Chechnya, is home to ongoing violence since two separatist wars in the last 10 years.

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Religion, corruption and grievances against strong-arm tactics from Moscow has fueled much of the uprising among the rights groups, Reuters reports.

U.S. investigators continue to work with Russian authorities following two bombs that were detonated at the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and wounding over 100. Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a subsequent police shootout on Friday, April 19. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, was released a from a hospital after he was captured following a shootout and remains in jail outside Boston.

Their father still lives in Dagestan. Tamerlan visited him during a six-month trip in early January 2012. A local militant group has denied any affiliation with the two brothers.

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CNN reports Russian authorities were wire-tapping the Tsarnaev's mother, who in 2011 had a conversation with Tamerlan in which the two discussed "jihad."

 

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