Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov released a statement Friday denying any link between his nation and the actions of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers. The "roots of evil," he said, were in America.
In a message written in Russian and posted to the photo-sharing website Instagram, Kadyrov expressed condolences to all Americans, but said his country had nothing to do with the suspects' actions.
"The whole world needs to do battle with terrorism," the statement read. "We know this better than anybody else. We wish for the recovery of the wounded and we share in the grief of Americans."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed during a shootout with police, while his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, remains the focus of an intense manhunt. Prior to becoming suspects in the deadly bombing, the brothers had spoken to friends and others of their Chechen roots.