Conflict & Justice

Canadian Jihadist Linked to Accused Boston Bomber

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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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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)
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.

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