The man shot and killed by an FBI agent during interrogations connected with the Boston Marathon bombings was unarmed, an unnamed FBI source has said.
Ibragim Todashev, 27, was interrogated by an FBI agent for hours on May 22 at a condominium in Orlando, Florida, regarding his connection with Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The FBI said Todashev was killed after he turned violent and brandished a knife and stabbed the FBI agent.
The unnamed source contradicted that account, however, telling the Washington Post on Wednesday that Todashev had neither a gun nor a knife.
Todashev’s father Abdulbaki Todashev has also questioned the FBI’s account of the incident, insisting his son was not a violent person.
Todashev was reported to be a friend of the Boston bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev, 26, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar are alleged to have carried out the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police. His brother was captured after an exhaustive manhunt and is in custody.