Washington: A Chechen man shot dead by the FBI during questioning on his links to the Boston Marathon bombers was unarmed, The Washington Post reports.
Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot by the FBI in Florida a week ago after he apparently stabbed an agent during questioning on his possible involvement with Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a triple homicide that took place before the Boston attacks, according to the domestic intelligence agency.
The FBI did not name Todashev at the time.
But a law enforcement official told the Post on Wednesday that Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent and overturned the table, but had neither a gun nor a knife.
The shooting came after hours of questioning by law enforcement officials that began the night before. After the shooting, Todashev’s father Abdulbaki Todashev questioned the FBI’s account of the incident in which his son was said to have attacked bureau personnel with a knife.
Todashev was reported to be a friend of Tsarnaev, whom he knew through their shared hobby of mixed martial-arts fighting.
Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, were the alleged perpetrators of the April 15 Boston bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line of the race.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police. His brother was captured after an exhaustive manhunt and is in custody.