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The mother of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings is charging that her sons had been set up.

“It’s impossible, impossible for them to, for both of them to do such things, so I am really, really, really telling you this is a set-up,” said Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, speaking on CNN on Friday afternoon.

She is described as the mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who have been identified as the two suspects in the bloody Monday bombings at the annual marathon. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with authorities, reports said, while Boston is under lockdown as law enforcement engages in a manhunt for Dzhokhar, the younger brother, who is still thought to be at large.

“My youngest one was raised actually from eight years, he was raised in America,” she said. “And my oldest son, he is like, really proper raised in our house. Nobody talked about terrorism.”

She said that the FBI was aware of Tamerlan.

“And my son Tamerlan really got involved in the religion, you know, religious politics five years ago, so he… never, never told me that he would be like on the side of jihad,” Tsarnaeva continued. “He was counseled by FBI for three, five years. They knew what my son was doing. They knew what actions and what sites on the Internet he was going. How could this happen? How could they — they were following every step of him and they’re telling today this is a terrorist act.”

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Father: Boston bombing suspect 'a true angel'

In an anguished interview, the father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing described his fugitive son as a smart and accomplished "angel."

Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued.

My son is a true angel," the elder Tsarnaev said. He said his son was "an intelligent boy" who was studying medicine.

"We expected him to come on holidays here," he said.

"They were set up, they were set up!" he exclaimed. "I saw it on television; they killed my older son Tamerlan."

Tsarnaev, badly agitated, gave little more information and ended the call angrily, saying, "Leave me alone, my son's been killed."

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