Bombing Suspect, Uncle Had Falling-Out Over Islam

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Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Ruslan Tsarni, uncle of the suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

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MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — An uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he had a falling-out with one of his nephews because of the man’s increased commitment to Islam.

Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen “God’s business” over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

Tsarni says the two hadn’t spoken since that call. The 26-year-old Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police Friday. His younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured that evening.

Tsarni says he was relieved his younger nephew was captured alive so he could seek forgiveness from the bombing victims.

On Friday, Tsarni told reporters he wished his nephews never existed and referred to the elder Tamerlan as a “loser.”

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