Obama defends FBI handing of Boston bombing suspect
WASHINGTON (AFP, AP) - United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from suggestions it might have prevented the Boston marathon bombing by acting on warnings about one of the suspects.
Russia had warned the US authorities about ethnic Chechen Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 and the possibility he was slipping into the grips of hardline Islam, and the FBI probed and interviewed him, although he went on to carry out the bombing.
Mr Obama said the US authorities had done the best they could in the face of threats that include what he called "self-radicalised individuals".
"Based on what I've seen so far, the FBI performed its duties. The Department of Homeland Security did what it is was supposed to be doing. But this is hard stuff," he said, adding that Russia had been very cooperative in the post-bombing probe.