The surviving suspect in the Boston marathon bombings left a note claiming responsibility for the attack, which he said was in retribution for the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has emerged.
As an army of police and federal officers, many of them heavily armed, searched for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev four days after the bombings, the 19-year-old suspect composed the note while hiding inside a boat.
Bleeding from gunshot wounds sustained in a firefight with police that hours earlier led to death of his elder brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, Dzhokhar is reported to have scrawled the note on the inside of the boat, saying the three fatalities that resulted from the marathon bombings were “collateral damage”. He was found under the boat’s tarpaulin covering in the evening of 19 April.
According to officials who spoke to CBS News, Dzhokhar wrote that he didn’t mourn his brother, whom he considered a martyr in paradise, and that he expected to join Tamerlan soon. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” he is said to have to written, using a marker.