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Retired FBI Agent: Marathon Blast Suspects ‘Quite Sophisticated’

Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 10:13 AM

By Todd Beamon and David Patten

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The Chechen brothers who pulled off the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 170 others are “quite sophisticated,” retired FBI Special Agent Danny Defenbaugh told Newsmax on Friday.

“Here are individuals who got together and brought forward bomb accessories and blasting components and put these two devices together, Defenbaugh told Newsmax. “Their method of deployment was actually delivering them — and then laying them down and then leaving and still being able to have their own lives and successfully detonating these improvised explosive devices.”

The brothers — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was arrested by investigators late on Friday, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died in an overnight shootout with police in suburban Boston — are suspected of causing the blasts near the finish line of the marathon.

The brothers came to the United States from Chechnya — and the younger Tsarnaev became a U.S. citizen on Sept. 11, 2012.

Defenbaugh, who oversaw the investigation of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, said it was too soon to speculate whether the brothers acted alone — “and that’s all it would be is speculation.”

But he praised the quick work of the FBI and other law-enforcement officials, saying that wsuch joint efforts in this post-9/11 world have successfully diffused other potential attacks.

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“If you see something unusual then you should say something — because maybe before 9/11, law enforcement might just put that into a file,” he told Newsmax. “Now, I guarantee you, they’re going to respond.

“You’ve got these joint terrorism task forces — and now all of law enforcement is playing in the same sandbox together, which allows everyone to know what they need to know.”


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