Tamelran Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old Boston Bombing suspect who died last week in a police shootout, was considered a potential terrorist since the FBI spoke with him in 2011. Tamerlan was questioned by the FBI over the allegation that he was part of a radical Islamist group. But authorities told Reuters that being considered a potential terrorist doesn’t mean close tabs are kept on every suspect.
The sources said Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s details were entered into TIDE, a database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, because the FBI spoke to him in 2011 while investigating a Russian tip-off that he had become a follower of radical Islamists.
The terrorist’s younger brother, Dzokhar, is recovering in hospital from injuries he self-inflicted before being arrested. Three people died in two blasts near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15. More than 200 people were injured in the blasts.