The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday killed an MIT police officer and “hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose,” the Associated Press reports.
The Boston area has been all but paralyzed as thousands of officers swarm the streets in a massive manhunt for the one suspect still at large.
“The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings,” the report adds. “They lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.”
Details regarding the brothers' Chechen heritage are still fuzzy and their motives are unclear.
Luckily, counter-terrorism analyst and Blaze contributor Buck Sexton on Friday joined Glenn Beck and crew to help make sense of the situation.
“Chechnyans are separatists … about 95 percent Muslim separatist state,” Sexton said. “When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, there was trouble…right away. The Chechnyans wanted their own country.
“This is a region that’s right along the Caucus Mountains. Very close to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia,” he added.
To say that Chechnya is sort of a giant camp for jihad would not be much of an overstatement. It has been a place that has sent jihadists to Afghanistan, it has sent fighters into the Balkans. I mean, this has been a breeding ground and a feeding ground for the jihad going back quite a ways.
Sexton went on to recount the terrifying story of the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis where Chechen terrorists killed more than 200 school children.
“They machine-gunned them, they left bombs out, they set off bombs,” Sexton noted, “they killed hundreds of young school children so we know they’re capable of literally any depravity these guys.”
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