FBI kills Boston blast suspect's gym buddy

2013-05-22 15:40


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Miami - An FBI agent shot and killed a Florida man with suspected links to the Boston Marathon bombings early on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

NBC said the suspect was being questioned and was originally co-operative, but was fatally shot after attacking the agent.

The Orlando Sentinel said a friend had identified the dead man as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev of Orlando. The newspaper quoted the friend, Khusn Taramiv, as saying Todashev was being investigated as part of the Boston bombings and knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because both were mixed martial-arts fighters.

FBI spokesperson Dave Couvertier could not confirm the dead man's identity nor the potential link to the Boston bombings.

"We are currently responding to a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent," he said by e-mail. "The incident occurred in Orlando, Florida. The agent encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. The suspect is deceased. We do not have any further details at this time."

Tsarnaev, aged 26, died in a gunfight with police. His brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was found hiding in a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts, four days after the 15 April blasts, which killed three people and injured 264 others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, aged 19, was shot in the throat before his capture and is being held in a prison hospital west of Boston. He faces charges that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted.

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