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Todashev’s father accused the FBI of a cover up.

"Several armed FBI agents were questioning my son, then were suddenly frightened when he flipped over a table, and to protect themselves the FBI agents emptied nearly a whole clip into him?"Abdul-Baki Todashev told The Associated Press in Russia. "Who could believe this?"

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Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, have roots in the turbulent Russian regions of Dagestan and Chechnya, which have become recruiting grounds for Islamic extremists. Investigators have said the brothers carried out the bombings in retaliation for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dzhokhar awaits trial in the bombings.

Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa, said Ashton’s investigative focus was narrow. He said the council’s probe would look at a pattern of civil rights abuses before Todashev was shot.

Todashev’s live-in girlfriend and other friends been deported since the shooting.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said he welcomed the new information about the shooting since it had been shrouded in secrecy, but he said the report didn’t answer why Todashev was killed instead of subdued with nonlethal force.


Eric Tucker in Washington and Musa Sadulayev in Grozny, Russia, contributed to this report.

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