Ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev
MOSCOW - A group leading an Islamist
insurgency against Russia said on Sunday that it was not at war
with the United States, distancing itself from last week's
Boston Marathon bombing.
, 26, who was killed in a
gunfight with police following a manhunt that shut down Boston
on Friday, and his younger brother Djokhar
, 19, are suspected of
carrying out the attack last week.
A trip the elder Tsarnaev made last year to Russia
volatile North Caucasus
has aroused suspicions he might have
made contact with militant groups that wage daily violence to
establish an Islamist state there.
A statement from militants operating in Dagestan, where the
brothers spent time as children, said the leading insurgency
group Caucasus Emirate
, led by Russia
's most wanted man Doku
Umarov, was not attacking the United States
"We are fighting with Russia
, which is responsible not only
for the occupation of the Caucasus but for monstrous crimes
against Muslims," the statement said.
The insurgency is rooted in two separatist wars Russian
troops waged against Chechen separatists following the fall of
the Soviet Union