The brothers accused of the bombings at last month’s Boston Marathon were seeking retribution for U.S. military attacks on Muslim countries, according to reports in U.S. media.
The New York Times, CBS and other outlets report surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scribbled a note in marker on the inside of a boat as he hid from police days after he and his brother set off a pair of bombs at the marathon finish line.
“When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” he reportedly wrote. CBS also reported the note referred to as bombing victims as “collateral damage.”
Tsarnaev was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds when police swarmed the property in Watertown, Mass. the evening of April 19.
Tsarnaev is also said to have written that his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev died a martyr and that he would not miss him because he would soon be joining him “in paradise.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been shot repeatedly by police and then run over by his younger brother on April 18 as the pair fled authorities after allegedly killing an MIT security guard.
The brothers, both of Chechen descent, are the only two supsects in the April 15 attack, in which two homemade pressure cooker bombs, packed with nails and shrapnel, were detonated near the marathon finish line, killing three people and injuring 275 others.
But, police have also arrested three of Dzhokhoar Tsarnaev’s friends and charged them with conspiring to destroy evidence.