Russia ‘recorded call between Boston bomber and mother discussing jihad but failed to tell FBI’
Russian authorities secretly recorded one of the Boston bombers discussing jihad with his mother in 2011 but failed to alert the FBI, reports claim today.
U.S. officials were told for the first time this week that two calls of note were discovered when authorities were bugging calls at the Tsarnaevs family home in Dagestan, according to reports.
The recording picked up a ‘vague conversation’ about jihad between either Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev and their mother Zubeidat, the Associated Press reported.
It also picked up a phone call between the bombers’ mother and a man under FBI investigation living in Southern Russia.
American security sources anonymously revealed the information to the news agency and said if the calls had been flagged sooner the FBI may have conducted a more detailed investigation of the two men before the Boston terror attack.
The news comes as the FBI has been fighting off criticism that they failed to fully investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev that year.