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April 20, 2013

'Thank God we got him'

After a 20-hour manhunt that shut down Boston, bombing suspect caught

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“He is a soft-hearted, loving father,’’ the aunt said.

The aunt said she was living in the United States in April 2002 when Dzhokhar arrived along with his mother and father, while the other brother and two sisters remained with relatives in Kazakhstan. The family petitioned for refugee status; the father and mother are now living in the capital city of the Russian republic of Dagestan, where the father, Anzor, told television reporters Friday that he suspected his sons may have been set up as fall guys for what he denounced as a heinous attack in Boston.

“I honestly can’t imagine who could do this,’’ the father told a Dagestan TV station. “Whoever did this is a bastard.’’

The family has been disrupted in recent years, and interviews, social media and public records suggest they weren’t close. Tsarni told reporters he had little contact with his brother’s family, but he would not elaborate on why. A sister of the two suspects, interviewed by the FBI in suburban New Jersey, told reporters through a crack in her door that she had not been in frequent touch with her brothers.

“I never imagined that the children of my brother would be associated with that (bombing),” the uncle said, adding that they “put a shame on our family, (they) put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.”

Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov, in a Russian-language Internet posting translated by McClatchy, vigorously distanced his war-torn country from the two suspects.

“It would be useless to try to make any connection between Chechnya and these Tsarnaevs, if they are indeed guilty,’’ the president wrote. “They grew up in the United States, their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. The roots of this evil must be sought in America.’’

The older brother, Tamerlan, was studying at Bunker Hill Community College and had been a boxer. He was married.

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