Suspects in Boston Marathon bombings trace roots to homeland mired in misery

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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — There remains a great deal of information authorities are seeking to learn about the pair of young men identified as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, including details of their lives and possible motivations for committing such heinous crimes.

One fact that will get plenty of attention, however, is their ethnic roots, which trace back to Chechnya — an area of the Caucasus Mountains that has seen a great deal of violence over the years, spawned from the republic's repeated, bloody and unsuccessful struggles for independence.

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