MAKHACHKALA, Russia (REUTERS) – The father of two men suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings said on Thursday he would travel from Russia to the United States to bury his elder son.
“I am going to the United States. I want to say that I am going there to see my son, to bury the older one. I don’t have any bad intentions. I don’t plan to blow up anything,” Mr Anzor Tsarnaev told a news conference in Makhachkala, the capital of the restive region of Dagestan.
Banging the table as he spoke, he said: “I am not angry at anyone. I want to go find out the truth.”
US police say his two sons, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, planted and detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police four days later, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was wounded and captured after a manhunt. He is in a fair condition in hospital, U.S. officials have said.
Mr Anzor Tsarnaev said he would leave for the Unites States as soon as possible but had not yet bought a ticket.
His wife, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, told the news conference she was also thinking of travelling to the United States but had not yet decided whether to go.