Among Paris, Boston Parallels: Family Relationships And Self-Radicalization


As French authorities pursued terror suspects into Paris suburbs, experts are examining the parallels between the assault in Paris and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, says USA Today. As in Boston, French police are seeking two apparently radicalized brothers, who allegedly planned and executed a methodical attack against a specific target that has brought another major city to a standstill.

“I’m watching what’s happening in Paris and I’m thinking of Watertown,” said U.S. Rep. William Keating (D-MA), referring to the Boston-area pursuit that — like Paris — featured a carjacking before ending in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the capture of his younger brother, who now faces a possible death penalty if convicted. Edward Davis, who helped lead the marathon bombing investigation as Boston police commissioner, said the parallels between the two cases are “shocking.” As for efforts to prevent future attacks, “The whole family relationship aspect is something that analysts will be looking hard at and how that plays into self-radicalization,” he said.

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