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Bombing Suspect, Uncle had Falling-Out Over Islam

(AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) — An uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he had a falling-out with one of his nephews because of the man’s increased commitment to Islam.

Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM-er-lan tsahr-NY’-ev) when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen “God’s business” over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

Tsarni says the two hadn’t spoken since that call. The 26-year-old Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police Friday. His younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured that evening.

Tsarni says he was relieved his younger nephew was captured alive so he could seek forgiveness from the bombing victims.

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