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Father of bomb suspect’s friend battles to free son, clear name

Says Tazhayakov didn’t cover up for Tsarnaev

When Amir Ismagulov heard about the ­Boston Marathon bombing, he called his oldest son in America in a panic. The oil executive did not realize that the 19-year-old college sophomore lived more than an hour away.

“I asked, “Are you affected by this explosion?’ He said: ‘No papa, that was in Boston. I live in New Bedford, it’s far away.’ . . . Then we calmed down.”

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