Bombing suspects' mother says her faith deepened

April 28, 2013 - 5:33 PM
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FILE - This April 25, 2013 file photo shows the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, left, speaking at a news conference in Makhachkala, the southern Russian province of Dagestan. Two government officials tell The Associated Press that U.S. intelligence agencies added the Boston bombing suspects' mother to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack. At right is her sister-in-law Maryam. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)

BOSTON (AP) — The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is drawing increased attention after U.S. officials said Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her son.

Russian-born Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (zoo-bay-DAHT' tsahr-NEYE'-eh-vuh) has undergone a transformation in recent years.

In photos of her as a younger woman, she wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a rock star. She went to beauty school.

But after becoming inspired by a family friend, she began wearing a hijab and praying daily. One acquaintance says she cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims.

Tsarnaeva says she's no terrorist, just someone who found a deeper spirituality.

She says she's tired of "all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children."