April 30th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Boston probe eyes slain Canadian jihadist, source says

Federal agents are looking into possible links between dead Boston Marathon bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a Canadian boxer-turned-jihadist killed by Russian troops in 2012, a source being briefed on the investigation said Monday.

William Plotnikov and six others died in a firefight with Russian forces in the southwestern republic of Dagestan in July 2012, while Tsarnaev was visiting the region, the source said. The 23-year-old Plotnikov was born in Russia, but his family moved to Canada when he was a teenager.

The source said Plotnikov's body was prepared for burial by a local imam on July 14. Tsarnaev flew out of Dagestan two days later, arriving in New York on July 17. Investigators are looking into the possibility he left because of Plotnikov's death, the source said.

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  1. chrissy

    And do i believe this person deserves anything less than the death penalty? The answer is no!

    April 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Death is exactly what he deserves, just not a quick painless one.

      April 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hamsta

    Obamacare was forced through behind locked doors so noone could oppose. His recess appointments were found to be illegal by the court of appeals and he abuses executive orders so what does congress have to do with it? He is devoloping quite a record of sidestepping congress.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ hamsta, you are either blind or obtuse im not sure which. Possibly both. You are so blinded by your hatred of our POTUS, you cant see the forest for the trees! I truly believe youre not stupid but you are sure hard headed about this!

    April 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Apparantly you aren't aware that Obamacare was passed behind locked doors so the opposition would not have a voice or that his "recess" appointments were overturned by the court of appeals because congress was not in recess at the time or that his appointees at the EPA were found to have an issue with abuse of power for labeling rainwater as a pollutant with the intention of seizing private property for government use or his overuse of executive orders. All that in a a single sentence, should I make another sentence or do you get the point?

      April 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Candida

    2nd boston bomber US citizen, all rights under const itution go for him too. Bloodshed by anyone is wrong, even us government torture. Maybe people who think torture is ok should get some too.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Candida

    Politics stink both sides can't agree both sides fight and both sides are WRONG. Obama no worse than Bush no worse than Clinton no worse than Bush no worse than Reagan etc etc. Don't like it MOVE.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Candida

    A million killed with guns in 30 years 3500 killed by terrorist bombs easy to see who terrorist is.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    The two ongoing wars killed horrendous number of innocent civilians during the past decade and counting@Candida

    May 1, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    That is just to mention a few of the most heinous killings on our soil.What punishment would you propose for the monsters who perpetrated these terrors?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    What punishment would you propose for the monsters who perpetrated these terrors?

    May 1, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The question is directed @Hamsta.
    Pardon the repeat.

    May 1, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    No update here but according to Breaking News on NBC, there were 3 more suspects arrested today in connection to this bombing.

    May 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    My post preceding my question to @Hamsta was deleted and now the question is rendered pointless.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Yes @chrissy.News is that 'suspects' would appear before a Fed judge today.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    for@Hamsta i was referring to the monsters who killed 160 in Oklahoma, massacred 33 in Virginia tech terror, 18 in Columbine, 12 in Colorado.Not to mention the injured & permanently scarred.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    And what sort of punishment he would propose for them & their parents.

    May 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
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