BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Congressman Bill Keating tells FOX 25 he believes accused Boston Marathon bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a homegrown terrorist who was not acting on someone else's orders.
Rep. Keating said a report from the Homeland Security Committee on the bombings will be released in February. The report is expected to share more information on any links between Tsarnaev and Russian terror insurgents.
The Congressman took his second trip to Russia since the bombings this week. He is trying to learn more about Tsarnaev and warnings given to the U.S. from the Russians about him a year prior to the bombings.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived in Cambridge, but were born in Russia. They moved to the United States in 2002. In the wake of the bombings, it emerged the Russian government warned the U.S. about Tamerlan Tsarnaev's growing extremism because he had visited the troubled Russian region of the North Caucasus and met with radicals there in 2012.
Keating sits on the House Homeland Security Committee. Speaking with FOX 25 from Moscow, he said he now has a good idea of what Tsarnaev was doing in Russia in the months before the April 15, 2013 attack.
"I'm confident in the sources I have that Tamerlan met up with insurgents here, tried to get involved, went to mosques here, was involved in incidents in those mosques as he was in the U.S.," said the Massachusetts Democrat. "Despite his efforts to become more involved with the insurgents here, [he] came home."
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are accused of planting two pressure cooker bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last April. Three people were killed in the explosions, hundreds were hurt.
Tamerlan died after being shot in a confrontation with police in Watertown and subsequently run over by a car driven by his brother.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held as he awaits trial. Federal prosecutors are expected to announce whether or not they intend to seek the death penalty against him soon.