Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. (AP/The Lowell Sun & Robin Young, File)
Videos on the Internet and an online jihadist magazine may have played a part in the Boston Marathon bombings suspects’ self-radicalization, according to reports.
New accounts say the brothers learned how to build a bomb from the online magazine, Inspire, which gave instructions on how to make them with a pressure cooker. Pressure cooker bombs, authorities say, were used in the attacks at the Boston Marathon.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect, reportedly told investigators there was no foreign influence on him and his brother.
But apparently the brothers learned to make a bomb from the online al-Qaida propaganda tool aimed at Westerners with slick graphics and headlines like: “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”
The U.S. government deemed the publisher , a 25-year-old blogger named Samir Khan, so dangerous that he was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
Investigators told the Associated Press the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police, was “an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda.”
An AP report also suggests that Tamerlan had an interest in the conspiracy theories espoused on the Alex Jones website, Infowars.
Jones, who also has a radio show, told BuzzFeed, “He could be a listener. It could be true. I've talked to the family and most of them are listeners. My show is anti-terrorism and my show exposes that most of the events we've seen have been provocateured."
Jones suggested that the Boston Marathon bombings were a plot “hatched” by the FBI.
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