Canadian may have fought ‘jihad’ in Dagestan, but he had nothing to do with Boston bombing, father says

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TORONTO — Vitaly Plotnikov has accepted that his son William converted to Islam, got led astray by radicals and left Canada to fight “jihad” in Dagestan, where he was killed last July by Russian security forces.

But in an exclusive interview with the National Post on Tuesday, he said he doubted reports claiming his son was connected to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of two brothers believed responsible for the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Speaking for over an hour at his suburban condo, Mr. Plotnikov declined to comment about whether the RCMP had asked him about Tsarnaev. But he said officers had seized the computer hard drive his son used, which should reveal his online contacts.

“The thing is that William, when he started to believe in Islam, he became very quiet and inside himself and he…

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