No Sign 'Misha' Tied To Boston Bombing: Officials

The Huffington Post 04/27/13

By MATT APUZZO, Assoicated Press

WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say investigators have found no evidence
that a conservative Muslim friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev had any
connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev is one of two suspects in the bombing. He died in a shootout
with police.

Family members have said he grew up religiously apathetic but hardened
his Islamic views in 2008 or 2009 under the influence of a Muslim
convert, known to the family as Misha.

Two U.S. officials close to the investigation say the FBI has
identified an individual believed to be Misha. The officials would not
say whether the FBI has spoken to him but say they've found no ties to
the attack or terrorism in general.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to discuss the case.

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