Morning Security Brief: More on Boston Suspect; Car Bomb at French Embassy in Libya; Foiled Canada Terror Plot
New developments in the Boston bombing case, a car bomb destroys part of French embassy in Tripoli, and Iran denies involvement in terror plot in Canada
► The surviving Boston bombing suspect has told authorities his brother was the mastermind behind last week’s attack, sources tell CNN . Nineteen year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains hospitalized since being apprehended by law enforcement on Friday night, and has been communicating with investigators who visit him every few hours. According to CNN’s sources, Tsarnaev says his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a shootout with police early Friday, “wanted to defend Islam from attack.” On Monday afternoon the U.S. Justice Department formally charged the surviving suspect with using a weapon of mass destruction. This charge could result in the death penalty.
► A car bomb exploded this morning at the French embassy in Libya’s capital city, Tripoli. The explosion wounded two French guards and several residents, according to the BBC . This is the first time a foreign embassy has been attacked in Tripoli, and it “destroyed the embassy's ground-floor reception area and perimeter wall, as well as damaging neighbouring homes and shops.” The blast, which occurred in a narrow side street, also left two cars burnt out and caused damage to surrounding homes and businesses. Now all French embassies in northern Africa are on high alert, according to the report; no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
► In other world news, NBC is reporting that the Muslim community tipped off police to the whereabouts of suspects planning to blow up a rail line between Canada and the United States. On Monday the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, of Toronto for the alleged terrorist plot. Authorities credited members of the Muslim community for the intelligence leading to their arrest. According to NBC, the suspects received support from Al Qaeda elements in Iran in planning to blow up a rail line from New York to Toronto. Reuters reports that Iran is vigorously denying the allegations, and a spokesman for the foreign ministry told the Mehr news agency, "No shred of evidence regarding those who've been arrested and stand accused has been provided."