Female DNA has been found on at least one of the Boston marathon bombs, according to the Wall Street Journal. The only person who has been named as a possible source of that DNA to this point is the wife of the deceased Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Someone who has not been identified as a possible source is a female Saudi who – like Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi – was hospitalized after the bombings.
More on that in a bit.
Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks, though they haven’t determined whose DNA it is or whether its presence means a woman helped the two brothers suspected in the bombings, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.
A little bit later in the article, Katherine Russell, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev who is currently staying with her parents, is brought into the mix as the possible source of that DNA:
One official familiar with the case said agents went to the house Monday to collect a DNA sample from Ms. Russell, the culmination of days of negotiations. FBI officials also have been negotiating with Ms. Russell’s attorney in recent days to gain fuller access to question her, the officials familiar with the case said. The officials said the DNA request was needed to determine whether it matched the DNA found on the bomb remnants.
Ms. Russell is one of as many as a half-dozen people in whom investigators are interested as they seek to determine if the brothers had any help in the bomb attack or the days afterward, the officials said. Ms. Russell’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest developments.
Though the WSJ makes no mention of it, some might remember that Al-Harbi was not the only Saudi national who ended up in the hospital after the Boston marathon bombings. The other was a female doctor named Nura Khalid Saleh al-Ajjaji.
Like Al-Harbi, al-Ajjaji was reportedly paid a visit on April 18th by first lady Michelle Obama, via translation of an article that appeared in Okaz, a prominent Saudi newspaper:
“Michelle Obama visited the two injured Saudis Abdulrahman Ali Essa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi and Nura Khalid Saleh Al-Ajjaji to check on their medical conditions.”
Here are some questions that have gone unanswered to this point: Do Al-Harbi and Ajjaji know each other? If so, to what extent do they know each other? Were they in close proximity to each other when they were injured? Did they suffer similar injuries?
Authorities are claiming they don’t yet know whose DNA was found on the bomb(s). Yet, the WSJ has essentially reported that Tamerlan’s wife is a possible source. Shouldn’t Ajjaji also be considered as a possible source too? After all, Al-Harbi was put on a terror watchlist and was given a 212 3B designation according to documents obtained by the Blaze.
The only other Saudi national reportedly injured in the bombings was Ajjaji. If the truth about Al-Harbi is being suppressed, why wouldn’t uncomfortable truths – if there are any – about Ajjaji be suppressed as well?
Let us not forget that in the days after the bombing, while the Tsarnaev brothers were still on the loose, Okaz reported that high-ranking U.S. government officials had cleared all Saudis of any wrongdoing.
That must mean that Ajjaji doesn’t need to have her DNA tested, right?
We are not alleging that it is Ajjaji’s DNA on one of the bombs but with all of the inconsistencies / red flags surrounding Al-Harbi’s status, it would seem that Ajjaji should either be ruled in or out, just like Russell.