Boston bombing suspects’ mom in terror database

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (r), mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, and Anzor Tsarnaev (l), father of the two Boston bombing suspects, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. (AP Photo)

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (r), mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, and Anzor Tsarnaev (l), father of the two Boston bombing suspects, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. (AP Photo)

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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