Ibrahim Todashev, an acquaintance of a terrorist suspected of Boston attacks, who had been shot by FBI officer, was, like Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suspected of a triple homicide in a suburb of Boston in 2011. Before his death he "was ready to sign the statement," ABC News reports.
During an interview with an FBI agent, 27-year-old Chechen immigrant Todashev suddenly "just went berserk," pulled out a knife and inflicted several blows to his counterpart. The wounds were not dangerous for life. Reacting to the attack, the agent used a gun and killed the suspect, officials said. All that happened on Wednesday in a residential complex in Orlando, Florida.
However, a press release that appeared later on the website of the Boston office of the FBI said that the agency was investigating the incident that took place in Florida on May 22, during which the interviewee "initiated a violent confrontation" with law enforcement officers, wounded an agent and was then killed.
During the interrogation, Todashev was questions not only about the triple murder, but also about the double explosion at the Boston Marathon on April 15. Law enforcement agencies showed interest in Todashev after they found his name and number on the contact list in the phone of Tsarnaev Sr.
It was also reported that Tsarnaev and Todashev were engaged in mixed martial arts and held fights in one and the same sports club. According to Todashev's sparring partner, he knew him as Ibrahim Tody. This name was used during fights and in sports papers.
One of the three three victims of the triple murder, who was found with his throat slit, Brendan Mess, attended the same sports club. Cash and marijuana was scattered over the bodies. The murder was committed on 11 September 2011 - on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In addition, as reported by The Associated Press, Todashev was arrested in early May for causing bodily harm to two individuals and was released on 3.5-thousand-dollar bail. According to police, the athlete had a fight with two men at a parking lot of a shopping mall in Orlando. After that fight, one of the opponents of Todashev was hospitalized with a cut lip and broken teeth.
The sparring partner, whose spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Todashev would often take part in fights outside the gym. He was repeatedly expelled from other clubs for such behavior. In addition, according to the man, he was a frequent participant of verbal quarrels with other members of the sports club.
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill