US officials: Boston Marathon bombing suspects motivated by religion, worked alone

Mosque: Suspect had 2 outbursts

WASHINGTON -  

Two U.S. officials say preliminary evidence from an interrogation suggests the suspects in the Boston Marathon attack were motivated by religion but were apparently not tied to any Islamic terrorist groups.
 
The two brothers, born in the Chechen region of Russia, practiced Islam.
 
The U.S. officials spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.
 
One of the brothers died in a police shootout Friday. The other brother was formally charged Monday after being questioned by federal officials in his hospital room where he is recovering from multiple injuries.

A Boston mosque said that one of the brothers had two outbursts in the last year regarding American holidays.

 A mosque where the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects sometimes attended services says one of them had outbursts during two sermons that encouraged Muslims to celebrate American institutions such as the Fourth of July and figures like Martin Luther King Jr.

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center says in a statement released Monday that Tamerlan Tsarnaev argued with a preacher during a service at its Cambridge mosque in November about U.S. holidays.

The center says he returned to services and in January called an elder a "hypocrite" for praising Martin Luther King Jr.

The center says congregants shouted at him, telling him to leave.

The mosque says there were no further incidents after that, even as he continued attending prayers and services.
 

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