Conflict & Justice

Canadian Jihadist Linked to Accused Boston Bomber


Rebel fighter William Plotnikov (R) is seen in this undated handout photo released by Dagestani branch of the Russian Federal Security Service to Reuters May 2, 2013. A mess of rubble, ash and charred vehicles is all that's left at the desolate farmhouse where a Canadian Muslim convert died fighting his last battle alongside Islamist insurgents in the Russian region of Dagestan. At the time, few people beyond local villagers noticed William Plotnikov's death in a region where skirmishes occur daily. But almost a year on, Plotnikov has emerged into the limelight following the Boston Marathon bombings. REUTERS/Dagestani branch of the Russian Federal Security Service/NewsTeam/Handout via Reuters (RUSSIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTXZ78B



William Plotnikov was a Russian Canadian who converted to Islam and joined an insurgency in the Russian republic of Dagestan.

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Plotnikov was killed last year in a raid by Russian security forces.

There have been reports in the media that Plotnikov may have been in contact with deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Stewart Bell is a reporter for Canada's National Post.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks to him about connections between Tsarnaev and Plotnikov.