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A closer look at Tsarnaev’s message on Watertown boat

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev’s writings as he hid inside a Watertown boat were presented to the jury in US District Court in Boston, where Tsarnaev is on trial for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombings that killed three people and wounded 260 others.

On Tuesday, Boston Police Officer Todd Brown, a member of the department’s bomb squad, testified that he searched the boat parked in David Henneberry’s back yard to make sure that there were no explosive devices in it after Tsarnaev was discovered hiding there.

No bombs were found, but Brown said he did notice some writing in pencil, words that were partially obscured by blood stains at some points and pocked with bullet holes in others.


Below are photos taken from the boat:

These photographs were taken inside the private boat that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was hiding in before he was captured by police in the backyard of a Watertown home on April 19, 2013.US Department of Justice
Tsarnaev wrote the notes with a pencil. US Department of Justice
The bullet holes are from shots fired into the boat by police, according to a witness who testified Tuesday about the discovery of the writings.US Department of Justice

Below is a transcript of the writing shown in the images:

“I’m jealous of my brother who

ha (hole) ceived the reward of jannutul Firdaus (inshallah) before me. I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in his boat and shed some light on our actions I ask Allah to make me a shahied (iA) to allow me to return to him and be among all the righteous people in the highest levels of heaven.

He who Allah guides no one can misguide

A (hole) bar!

I bear witness that there is no God but Allah

and that Muhammad is his

messenger (hole) r actions came

with (hole) a (hole) ssage and that

is (hole) ha Illalah. The U.S.

Government is killing our innocent

civilians but most of you already

know that. As a M (hole) I can’t

stand to see such evil go unpunished,

we Muslims are one body, you hurt

one you hurt us all, well at least that’s


how Muhammad (pbuh) wanted it to be (hole) ever,

the ummah is beginning to rise/awa (hole)

has awoken the mujahideen, know you are

fighting men who look into the barrel of your

gun and see heaven, now how can you compete

with that. We are promised victory and we

will surely get it. Now I don’t like killing

innocent people it is forbidden in Islam

but due to said (hole) it is allowed.

All credit goes (hole)”