Non-Shocker of the Day: Motivation Behind Boston Bombers Was Radical Islam

Katie Pavlich

4/23/2013 8:15:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

Yesterday Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev answered questions from the FBI in writing due to a throat injury and according to the Associated Press, his answers indicate he and his brother were in fact motivated by radical Islam.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's answers led them to believe he and his brother were motivated by a radical brand of Islam without major terror connections, said U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

Tsarnaev was interrogated and charged Monday in his hospital room, where he was in serious condition with the throat wound and other injuries suffered during his attempted getaway. His brother, Tamerlan, 26, died Friday after a fierce gunbattle with police.

Meanwhile up in Canada, authorities have thwarted another terror attack also motivated by radical Islam.

Canadian police said they foiled a plan to attack a passenger train in Toronto that they said was supported by al Qaeda operatives in Iran, and charged two men with conspiracy to carry out the alleged attack.

Investigators believe the train to be targeted was either bound for or leaving from New York, said a person familiar with the investigation.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the two men planned to derail the train on Canadian soil, but the plot had been thwarted before it became an imminent threat to passengers.

At a news conference here Monday, a police spokesman said authorities believe the two men were receiving "guidance" and "direction" from al Qaeda-related elements in Iran. Al Qaeda has had a limited but potent presence in Iran, experts say, but such involvement in operations abroad would be a departure for the group.