Katie Pavlich

We've learned this week that Boston bombing suspect number one Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife were pulling welfare benefits in Massachusetts up until November 2012. Growing up, both bombing suspects received food stamps and other welfare benefits.

The family of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bomb attacks, received food stamps and welfare when the brothers were growing up, according to a letter from the state Department of Transitional Assistance that was obtained by the Globe.

In the letter, sent Thursday to the chairman of the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, the department outlined the benefits that the brothers had received through their parents, Anzor and Zubeidat, as well as benefits Tamerlan Tsarnaev later received as a member of his wife’s household.

Back in February, radical Imam Anjem encourged pulling welfare benefits to fund jihad in the UK.

Calling it a "Jihadi Allowance," cleric Anjem Choundary, 45, has four kids, brings in £25,000, or just under $39,000 U.S. in benefits himself, and says that this is the way it is supposed to work according to Islamic law.


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