Boston bombing mastermind received welfare despite anti-American views: officials

Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-24 13:20:02-04

BOSTON (PIX11) — More than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing which left 3 dead and more than 170 injured, more details about the mastermind behind the attack are surfacing — and they’re raising some serious eyebrows.

26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the man authorities believe was the brains of the calculated assault, was reportedly receiving welfare benefits in the state of Massachusetts as late as last year.

The cover of the Boston Herald says it all with a headline that reads “What Nerve,”  as state officials confirm the report saying the suspected terrorist – along with his wife and their 3-year-old daughter – lived on government funded aid, despite his growing hatred for America.

According to the report, Tsarnaev’s parents also received state-benefits when they lived in the United States years ago.

The report may also shed light on the possibility that Tsarnaev used some taxpayer money to fund last week’s attack on Boston. That speculation wasn’t immediately clear.

Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police last Friday while his brother, Dzhokhar, remains hospitalized with several gunshot wounds.

The surviving brother has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, as well as one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.