Boston Manhunt: Bomb suspects 'unknown in Chechnya' says Chechen leader

MOSCOW (AFP) - Two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings did not have any connection with their homeland of Chechnya, the leader of the mainly Muslim region in southern Russia said on Friday.

"We do not know the Tsarnaevs. They did not live in Chechnya. They lived and studied in America. What happened in America is the fault of the American special services," the strongman leader of the North Caucasus region told the RIA Novosti news agency.

"It has become typical to link everything that happens in the world to Chechens, to blame the Chechens, even for the tsunami," said the leader, known for his outspoken remarks.

"But the accusation is not yet proof that these people are to blame for what happened. In any case they were brought up in America and this is their upbringing." The Russian-language social networking page of the younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, records that he speaks the Chechen language and joined two groups for Chechens.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was shot and killed by police in Boston, featured links on his YouTube site to people he identified as "terrorists", but did not mention his Chechen origins.