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Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, received less-than-favorable words this morning from a man claiming to be their uncle. But it seems the alleged terrorists’ father isn’t quite as infuriated by his son’s purported actions.
In fact, in an interview with ABC News, he defended their innocence and had harsh words for U.S. authorities. And in a later interview, he alleged conspiracy against his kids.
Anzor Tsarnaev issued a clear call to his son, Dzhokhar, telling the 19-year-old to turn himself in peacefully. But he also sent a warning to the U.S. officials, claiming, “If they killed him, all hell will break loose.” By “they,” it seems he was talking directly about police and federal authorities who are handling the situation.
Speaking from Makhachkala, a city in Russia, the father told ABC that he believes Tamerlan and Dzhokhar are innocent. Beyond believing that his sons are free-of-blame, though, it seems Anzor was also embracing a conspiracy theory of sorts.
“If they kill my second child, I will know that it is an inside job, a hit job,” he said. “The police are to blame. Someone, some organization is out to get them.”
Previously, Anzor spoke with the Associated Press, showering praise upon Dzhokhar. In a telephone interview, he told the outlet that his son Dzhokhar is “a true angel” and that his boy is currently studying medicine.
“He is such an intelligent boy,” Anzor continued. “We expected him to come on holidays here.”
Watch ABC News discuss the interview:
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly showed a translated clip of the father offering additional comments and claiming that his sons have been framed.
“Somebody clearly framed them. I don’t know who exactly framed them, but they did — they framed them and then they were so cowardly that they shot the boy dead,” he said. “I’m scared for my boy that they will shoot him dead too somewhere.”
Watch the clip, below:
(H/T: ABC News)