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Bombings suspect struggled to acclimate, aunt says

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — The elder suspect in the Boston bombings regularly attended a mosque and spent time learning to read the Koran, but he struggled to fit in during a trip to his ancestral homeland in southern Russia last year, his aunt said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev seemed more American than Chechen and ‘‘did not fit into the Muslim life’’ in Russia’s Caucasus, Patimat Suleimanova said. She said when Tsarnaev arrived in January 2012, he wore a winter hat with an ornamental ball, something no local man would wear, and ‘‘we made him take it off.’’

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