Zubeidat Tsarnaev, mother of 'Boston bombers', speaks out
'Whoever is dead over there, it's not my son' says mother of marathon attack suspects
ZUBEIDAT Tsarnaev, the mother of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston marathon bombing, says her sons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar are innocent of the crime and have been "set up". In a video interview with Channel 4 News (below), Zubeidat also suggests her elder son Tamerlan, 26, who was killed after a shoot-out with police last week, is still alive.
Speaking to journalists from Makhachkala, in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Zubeidat said she was "really mad and angry at America" for framing her children. "Somebody did this, somebody set this up, not my kids. Whoever is dead over there, it's not my son. The body is half of the body of my son, you know what I mean? So this is not my son."
In the interview Zubeidat, an observant Muslim, insists the FBI had been monitoring Tamerlan and a federal agent had told her he was a "nice boy." She says the agent asked her if she thought her son could get involved in a "radical organisation".
"I said 'no, no'," Zubeidat says.
The interview comes a day after Fox News reported that Zubeidat, 46, had worked in Boston as a beautician. Former client Alyssa Kilzer said the mother-of-four "gave a damn good facial" but says Zubeidat believed the September 11 attacks were "purposefully created by the American government to make America hate Muslims".