Boston Bomber Linked to 9/11 Anniversary Murder of Jews

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


Ibragim-todashev-and-tamerlan-tsarnaevEarly Wednesday morning, Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot dead at his Orlando apartment while being questioned by an FBI agent and other law enforcement officials about his connection to Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Law enforcement sources report that Todashev was initially cooperative, but became violent as he was about to sign a written statement confessing to a triple homicide allegedly committed by himself and Tsarnaev. “The agent, two Massachusetts State Police troopers, and other law enforcement personnel were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual,” said a statement released by the FBI. “During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries.”

The murder of Brendan Mess, 25, Raphael Teken, 37, and Eric Weissman, 31, occurred in Waltham, Massachusetts two years ago on September 11. The three men were discovered a day later, with their throats slit, and their bodies covered in marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash. No one has been charged in the case.

Law enforcement sources said that Todashev and Tsarnaev once worked out together at a Boston area gym. So did victim Brendan Mess. Tamerlan’s father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said his son and Todashev belonged to a small circle of Chechens involved in amateur fighting in the Boston area, and that they met “a few times” at events. Mess was also involved in mixed martial arts fighting, and sparred with Tsarnaev on occasion, a friend of both men told the Wall Street Journal.

The FBI became interested in Todashev when phone records connected him to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The FBI kept track of him over the course of several weeks and questioned him on a few occasions as well. According to one official, Todashev had been cooperative to the point where he cancelled a planned trip to Russia in order to keep talking to the FBI. Todashev’s friends corroborated the FBI’s interest, saying they had been keeping track of him since the April 15 atrocity in Boston. They added that Tuesday night’s interview was supposed to be his last one with law enforcement officials.

Another friend, Umar Taramov, said he and his younger brother accompanied Todashev to meet investigators that night, but left when the meeting dragged on for hours. He was shocked when he returned and discovered Todashev had been killed following a violent altercation. “The Ibragim I know is a very normal guy,” contended Mr. Taramov. “This isn’t someone who would have done something crazy.”

Despite that assessment, Todashev had been involved in two previous incidents. In 2010, he was charged with with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, and civil infractions following a crash between his van and a car carrying two women. Todashev had to be restrained by witnesses when he attempt to aggressively confront them.The charges were subsequently dropped.

Earlier in May, he was charged with felony aggravated battery for fighting over a parking spot with a 54-year-old man and his 36-year-old son at Orlando’s Premium Outlets mall. The son was hospitalized after sustaining a split upper lip and getting several teeth knocked out, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Todashev was free on a $3,500 bond after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies at gunpoint, according to Florida court records.

Neighbors who knew Todashev while he was still living in the Cambridge area of Boston, described him as nasty. They also noted that he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev used to hang out together drinking beer and eating chicken on a Harding Street stoop. “I was the happiest person when they moved. … It’s a little more peaceful since they left,” said one neighbor. Another neighbor said Todashev “intimidated” her.

NBC News is reporting that the motive for the triple slaying was a drug deal gone wrong. According to law enforcement sources cited by the network, Tsarnaev and Todashev executed the men when they realized that the victims would be able to identify them. That may turn out to be the case, but it is hard to completely dismiss the Qur’anic implications associated with the crime. Two of the victims were Jews, and the Qur’an designates the Jews the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82). All three had their throats slit to the point of near decapitation, and the Qur’an instructs the faithful to “strike the necks” of the unbelievers (47:4). It is unclear why, if the murders were indeed the result of a “drug deal gone bad,” a large sum of money and drugs were left behind, leaving the possibility that the scene was crudely staged. That the crime took place on the anniversary of 9/11 is also significant, due to the obsession Islamic jihadists characteristically possess for dates of terrorist attacks and Western victories.

It is not clear who shot Todashev during his interrogation. Along with the FBI agent who was attacked, there were Massachusetts state troopers and the Orlando police in the house during the interrogation. An FBI incident review team from Washington, D.C. was in the Orlando area yesterday investigating the incident. According to procedure, the team will question all the witnesses to the shooting. A separate Shooting Incident Review Group committee, comprised of as many as 13 FBI members, will also analyze the incident to determine if the use of force was justified or not. The agent who was attacked has not been publicly identified, but he is a member of the FBI’s Boston division.

As of now there is nothing to indicate that Todashev had anything to do with the Boston bombings. Officials concede that he had some connection with radical Chechen rebels, but it remains unclear whether he had any role in radicalizing Tsarnaev. According to his father, Abdulbaki Todashev, Ibragim was neither violent or particularly devout. “He is ordinary, like all Chechens, he followed Islam and that’s it.” He further contended that his son was currently “learning to walk again” following an operation, which would have made it impossible for him to take part in the Boston bombings.

Abdulbaki Todashev also questioned the FBI’s version of his son’s death. “How could he attack a policeman with a knife especially, as they say, if there were five or six of them in his house?” he asked.

An autopsy was expected to be completed yesterday, but the report will not be made available while the case remains under criminal investigation. A relative whose name was kept from the public came forward to claim Todashev’s body from the Orange-Osceola County Medical Examiner.

Late yesterday afternoon, the Washington Times reported that the condo occupied by Todashev is owned by Roman Shakhmanov, 28, who is currently residing in Houston, TX. At this time the relationship between the two men is unknown.

In a note left behind on the boat where he was hiding, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev claimed he and his brother bombed the Boston Marathon in retribution for U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dzhokhar called victims of that atrocity “collateral damage.” Sadly, numerous pundits on the Right and the Left have been parroting Dzhokhar’s line, also alleging that the bombing was more or less “blowback” from America’s Middle East forays. Never mind that our missions liberated countless Muslims from the likes of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein and that, in fact, they are now all but abandoned. Certainly, if anything strikes at the heart of the discredited “blowback” hypothesis, it is the 2011 9/11 anniversary slaying. The brutal murder of the three Boston men allegedly committed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev — something it is virtually impossible to believe that Dzhokhar would have been unaware of — proves that the Tsarnaevs were not driven by politics but driven by bloodlust. They were adherents to an ideology that nurtures the human capacity for evil. And they became monsters.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Without a doubt, the Chechen bombers (and associates) slit the throats of 3 JEWS as an act of jihad to commemorate the "glorious" feat of 9/11/01. FAILURE to connect said dots is entirely deluded or extremely mendacious. Either case is wholly unacceptable.

    Most significantly, had the authorities not veered away from this connection, surely the bombing in Boston could have been prevented. It is this denial, thus sanitizing/eviscerating the connection between Islam and jihad, which causes many deaths. This manifest failure was no different than what occurred in 1990 in NYC – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/06/22/the-opening-o

    US authorities (on the Fed & State levels) just refuse to connect the jihadi dots!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Asher

      The time to be vigilant is NOW, before people loose their freedoms to do so!

  • Michael Copeland

    Obama's deliberate purging of all mention of Islam, Jihad, etc. from police and Homeland Security training materials was what REMOVED THE DOTS. That is one reason why they were not connected.

    • jacob

      And with all due respect, would somebody please tell me who the hell is OBAMBA to purge or order
      deleted all references to Muslim terrorism and terrorists other than that an abjectly servile media
      obeys his "suggestions" …???????

  • Cat K

    It starts with no one much caring that 3 Jews die….need I detail the rest?

    • Victoryman

      You are so right. Reminds me of the 30's in Germany. However, can you imagine the "Caring" if three muslims were murdered by an anti-muslim group? My main question is, why was this Todachev person shot by an FBI agent? He was surrounded by law enforcement personnel….and they couldn't "Restrain" this person. Color me VERY suspicious. Remember the old saying, "Dead men can't talk."

      • jacob

        You mean, it was ordered to "silence" him for fear of spilling GOD only knows which beans ???

        I would say that he did it in order to get to Mohammed's paradise and enjoy the 72 virgins "ad
        perpetuam" as a "Shahid" (martyr)….since he was already most probably into deep you-know-
        what….

      • Defcon 4

        Yeah, I'm sure if someone was coming at you with a knife you would just give him a big ole' bear hug wouldn't you?

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Obama believes the sociopath Muhammad who PERSONALLY decapitated 900 UNARMED Jews of the Banu Quarayza tribe in 627 is someone to be revered rather than despised…..That is the problem.

    • Defcon 4

      The same can be said of just about any muslime on the face of the earth…

  • Rifleman

    Those people he blew up weren't collateral damage, they were his primary target. he was just parroting the lines he was probably taught in school here.

  • Cassandra

    of course the 3 Jews were killed by the Chechen brothers and by Todashev. This is murder Muslim style. We have many example of that. Look at what just happened in England. They just tried to cover up the killings by staging it as a drug deal gone bad. What is even more disturbing in this sad story is the role of the police and the FBI. Could it be possible that Todashev was killed by the police intentionally so he could not sing?
    I also agree that the purging of the training material for the police and FBI regarding jihad and Muslims is criminal. It is also treason against this country and its people.

  • STEVE CHAVEZ

    AMERICAN MUSLIMS: COUNTRY OR RELIGION FIRST?

    They live here in freedom and any attack by a MUSLIM SCREAMING HIS HATRED TOWARDS US and we are the ones warned to not over-react or retaliate???

    WHEN ARE AMERICAN MUSLIMS GOING TO PROTEST IN THE STREETS AGAINST MUSLIM EXTREMISTS??? What are they afraid of? Couldn't be their "Religion of Peace?" MAYBE THEY SUPPORT TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jacob

      STEVE :
      AMERICAN MUSLIMS is an oxymoron…
      This specimen doesn't exist, at least among PRACTICING Muslims….
      I will never forget those Muslims dancing and giving out candy at the streets of QUEENS, New
      York while people were jumping to their deaths from the WTC windows….

      Lets just hope and pray we take care of this scum before they get rid of us….bec

      • mlcblog

        You got it, and we seem to be surrounded by blind people, who are willfully ignorant. Scary.

  • Arlie

    Islam is organized crime just like the mafia disguised as a "religion" but is in reality a cult of death, criminal activity and depravity against all that is truly "holy", good and human.

  • reason1984

    The FBI continues to play 'catchup.'

  • It's an epidemic

    Jews are being murdered all over the place now, including Waltham, Massachusetts.

  • Michael Copeland

    AMERICAN MUSLIMS: COUNTRY OR RELIGION FIRST?
    Hear Tariq Ramadan to his muslim audience in Berkeley, California.

    “At the end of the day, you might be a Muslim-American, Black, Latino, but not really. Us versus them…After four generations, you are Muslim with an American background.”

    Sharia overrides all man-made law. A muslim’s loyalty is to Islam.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Purging words like Islam and Jihad by Obama is.more.than just curious. I believe he does.so to keep close to homicidal Muslim regimes. If one does not acknowledge a problem then there is no problem.

    • jacob

      Sorry but somebody born Muslim, raised Muslim and following therefore the Koran's dictums
      to the "faithful" like that of hiding or denying the real faith whenever inconvenient or outright
      dangerous, speaks volumes about who we have at the White House….

      Believe what you want at your own risk….

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Islam a religion of peace has more violence and murder than any known today outside of
    Hollywood horror movies, if at the present World Wide rate of killing by the peaceful
    religion, what can we expect when we no longer say they are peaceful but raving lunatic
    killers out for our blood and all we own. What will be the cut off point where our citizens
    no longer tolerate and militate against these blood thirsty killers and thier political supporters
    in public office like Barak Hussein Sadam Benghazi Obama……………………….William

    • mlcblog

      Back in the 1960's, when I was reading Muslim X's bio, as any good liberal would do in those days, my friend and fellow liberal explained to me about Islam. She had learned from her musician friends who dabbled in the "peaceful" religions, namely B'hai. What she told me remains true to this day in my book, and that is that most Muslims are peaceful, but that when we look at their holy book they are required to be enemies, even violent and murderous ones, of infidels, which is anyone else. However, being peaceful regular folks, most Muslims are not likely to be violent. More typically, they are working in civil service jobs, etc. The radical few however seem to make up for any lack of zeal there is in Islam, and they are the ones who carry out Allah's evil plans against the human race.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Judgment day comes for everyone and standing up against evil is demanded of each
        person to the best of thier abilities. There is always enough volunteers for the warfare
        going on and continuous killing, cancer can be agressive or non agressive but I would
        not care to have it, I see no place for Islam in America but where will they be in
        the Kingdom of God, I see no place there also. End time struggles are predicted
        and playing out as foretold, we can only do our best and speak out and warn the
        ignorant if at all possible………………………William

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  • Jasmine
  • Al Dorman

    anyone know if there’s video of the FBI interrogation?