The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told interrogators that the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, U.S. officials familiar with the interviews said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged from his hospital bed his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials told The Washington Post.
The blasts — the first successful large-scale attack since 9/11 — killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.
Tsarnaev was arrested late on Friday in suburban Watertown just outside Boston.
The officials, who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed by police in an overnight shootout, did not appear to have been directed by a foreign terrorist organization.
But the evidence so far suggests the brothers were “self-radicalized” through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world, the officials told the Post.
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