Boston Bombing Suspect Says He Was Motivated By U.S. Wars, Officials Say

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Photo Credits: Robin Young/AP Photo

Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev claims that he and his brother, second alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsanaev, were motivated by the United States’ recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, The Washington Post reports.

Officials close to the situation told the newspaper that Dzhokhar, 19, has confessed to the crime, and has claimed that he and his brother acted independently when they planned the April 15 attack at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured more than 200. The official told the newspaper that they were likely not instructed by a major national terrorist organization.

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