FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev after 2011 tip

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI says it was told by a foreign government in early 2011 about information one of the brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings was a follower of radical Islam.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) died in a shootout yesterday and his younger brother was captured alive. They have been identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade.

According to FBI, the foreign government said that based on its information, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups.

The FBI says it interviewed Tsarnaev and relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity.

Meanwhile, Tsarnaev's uncle says he had a falling-out with the 26-year-old over his increased commitment to Islam.

Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) when his nephew told him in a 2009 that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said a family friend later told him the 26-year-old had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

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