Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Police probe possible links between terrorism suspect and Boston bombing



Exclusive: Police probe possible links between terrorism suspect and Boston


By Tim McLaughlin



BOSTON | Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:28am EDT


(Reuters) - A Boston-area man accused of threatening to blow up an airplane

allegedly had all the materials needed to build a pressure-cooker bomb

before this kind of weapon was used in the Boston Marathon attack in April,

according to comments made by the man's mother in a recently unsealed police



While investigators working with the FBI are looking to see if there are any

links between the two cases, they have drawn no conclusions, according to

two law enforcement sources. Prosecutors and the FBI declined to comment.


The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force said it is investigating 27-year-old

Daniel Morley after police in the small town of Topsfield, Massachusetts

found a cache of weapons and bomb-making materials in his home on June 9.


According to a police affidavit dated June 19, Morley told his mother that

his best friend had bragged about knowing Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two

Chechen brothers suspected of detonating pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston

Marathon finish line on April 15. Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with

police after the attack.


No one else has been charged in the Topsfield case, a spokeswoman for the

Essex County District Attorney said.


The 25-page police affidavit details the allegations that served as the

basis for the criminal charges against Morley. He is accused of assaulting

his mother and her boyfriend and making a threat to hijack an airplane or




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