The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has told investigators that his brother orchestrated the attacks because he 'wanted to defend Islam from attack', it emerged today.
But in scrawled notes made from his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, told Guantanamo Bay interrogators that he and his brother were not linked to any Islamic terrorist groups.
According to CNN, Dzhokhar said his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, was the ringleader in the attacks that shook the nation a week ago, but that the pair were working alone.
Working alone: Officials now believe Tamerlan, right, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, were working alone
In preliminary interviews with Dzhokhar, the terror suspect said his brother 'wanted to defend Islam from attack', a source told CNN.
Two U.S. officials said last night the evidence from the bedside interrogation suggests the terror suspects did not have any accomplices, despite previous fears they were part of a 12-man terror 'sleeper cell.'
One of the brothers, Tamerlan, 26, died in a police shootout on Friday. The other brother, Dzhokhar, 19, was formally charged today with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction after being questioned by federal officials in his hospital room where he is recovering from multiple injuries.
He could face a death sentence, despite the fact Massachusetts has no death penalty, as he is being prosecuted under the federal system.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler described the 19-year-old as 'alert, mentally competent and lucid,' during a brief initial court appearance in his Boston hospital room. He communicated mostly by nodding his head but at one point answered 'no,' according to CNN. A probably cause hearing has been scheduled for May 30.
Investigators have been quizzing Tsarnaev about whether there were more bombs, explosives or weapons beyond the ones already uncovered by police as well as who came up with the plot.
Terror Attack: The two detonations went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 - returning the specter of terrorism to the United States for the first time since 9/11
Hiding place: This image, taken from a surveillance camera shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev climbing into a boat Friday morning after a police gun battle. He was later found in the boat and captured
Interrogators are questioning the suspect in his room every few hours as doctors sit by his bedside, CNN reported.
It was earlier reported that the 1,000 strong FBI investigation team was working furiously to track down the 12-strong terror cell to guard against any further attacks on American soil.
On Saturday afternoon, two 19-year-old men from Kazakhstan thought to be friends of the Boston brothers were arrested - as it was revealed the pair drove around in a black BMW with vanity plates that read 'TERROISTA#1.'
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