Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, Boston bombing suspects' mom, appears in terror database

11:41 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. (Photo credit SERGEI RASULOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two government officials tell The Associated Press that U.S. intelligence agencies added the Boston bombing suspects' mother to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack.

Officials say this was done after Russia contacted the CIA late in 2011 with concerns that the now-dead suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, were religious militants about to travel to Russia. The CIA asked that Tsarnaev and Tsarnaeva be added to a classified intelligence database called TIDE. Being on the database does not automatically mean the U.S. suspects a person of terrorist activity and does not automatically subject a person to surveillance, security screening or travel restrictions.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

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