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Boston Bombing Suspects’ Uncle: ‘Turn Yourself In’

Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the two Boston Marathon bombings suspects, attributes their alleged actions to “being losers.” He pleaded with the younger suspect, who is still at large, to turn himself in and ask for forgiveness.

The uncle of the two men suspected in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings appeared overwhelmed with anger and emotion in front his home in Montgomery Village, Md., Friday. Ruslan Tsarni said he has not been in touch with his nephews in a number of years and that he hasn’t seen the boys since 2005.

Late Thursday night, the two suspects led Boston police on a wild car chase through suburban neighborhoods before one of them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout. The other suspect, identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, remains at large and was considered “extremely dangerous.”

Tsarni has urged the younger Tsarnaev to turn himself in.

“Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” Tsarni said to reporters from his driveway Friday.

Tsarni said he hasn’t seen them since December 2005 and did not know of any possible involvement in terrorist groups or whether either had any paramilitary training. He added that his family is ashamed and that he loves and respects the United States.

“Of course we’re ashamed. Yes we’re ashamed. They’re children of my brother,” he said.


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