Authorities investigate possible sleeper cell link to Boston terrorists

Dokku Umarov
Doku Umarov, leader of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate – Photo Credit LongWarJournal.org

As authorities continue to piece together the details of all the events from Boston this week, there is a heavy focus on what type of support the bombing suspects received and any ties they may have had to terrorist organizations.

Fox News reported that investigators are exploring potential links between now-deceased bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and an Islamic group known as the Caucasus Emirate.

The London-based Mirror also reported that the FBI is hunting a 12-person terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Tsarnaev brothers.

Tamerlan’s YouTube channel and his trip to Russia in the first half of 2012, which included stops in Dagestan and Chechnya, prompted the investigation into a possible association with the separatist and Islamic extremist group Caucasus Emirate, Fox News reported.

The group’s leader is said to be Doku Umarov, who Fox News described as a Chechen Islamic militant in Russia who ordered numerous attacks on civilians, earning him the nickname, Russia’s Usama bin Laden. He is alleged to have connections with al-Qaida and other extremist groups.

The Mirror reported that more than 1,000 FBI operatives were working to “track down a sleeper cell and arrested a man and two women 60 miles from Boston in the hours before Dzhokhar’s dramatic capture after a bloody shootout on Friday.”

Curiously, there are no reports in the American media of the arrests.

Authorities believe the Tsarnaev brothers received training to carry out the devastating attack.

A source close to the investigation said, according to the Mirror: “We have no doubt the brothers were not acting alone. The devices used to detonate the two bombs were highly sophisticated and not the kind of thing people learn from Google. They were too advanced. Someone gave the brothers the skills, and it is now our job to find out just who they were.”

The report also noted that the brothers were carrying six bombs with them when confronted by the police Friday, three of which exploded, as well as a handgun and rifle.

See full report from the Daily Mirror here.

Tom Tillison

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