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Boston Marathon Bombing Update: Suspects were aspiring jihadists, official says

Boston marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19. AP/The Lowell Sun/Julia Malakie, VKontakte

(CBS/AP) BOSTON - The deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was a fervent reader of extremist propaganda and jihadist websites, two officials close to the investigation said.

After interrogating the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on Monday, U.S. officials have concluded, based on a preliminary interrogation and other evidence, that the brothers were apparently motivated by an anti-American, radical version of Islam. Another official called them aspiring jihadists.

Authorities reportedly also said the brothers do not appear to have major terrorist group connections.

According to reports, when interrogators questioned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the hospital the 19-year-old wrote his answers on paper. Tsarnaev was not able to speak because of gunfire injuries to the neck.

Tsarnaev was charged with bombings on Tuesday, and could face the death penalty.