Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is buried outside Richmond, Virginia

Friday 10 May 2013 21.06
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police three days after the 15 April bombing
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police three days after the 15 April bombing

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia.

The body of Mr Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police three days after the 15 April bombing, was moved earlier this week from a funeral home in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The funeral home had faced a steady stream of protesters over the past week as it struggled to find a cemetery willing to accept the body.

The imam of the Virginia Islamic centre Ammar Amonette said Mr Tsarnaev was buried in the Al-Barzakh Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia, outside Richmond.

He said that he disapproved of the decision.

Mr Tsarnaev, 26, and his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, were identified by the FBI as suspects in setting off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The explosion killed three people and injured 264 others.

Dzhokhar is being held in prison west of Boston after being charged with crimes that could carry the death penalty.

Tamerlan, an ethnic Chechen who lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for much of the past decade, had been on a US government database of potential terrorism suspects.

The US had twice been warned by Russia that he might be an Islamic militant.

His body was moved from the Boston medical examiner's office to the Graham Putnam & Mahoney funeral home in Worcester, Massachusetts a week ago.

His family did not claim the body and the cities of Boston and Cambridge both refused to accept his remains.

Worcester police yesterday said a person they did not identify had approached them with a solution for the body after a public plea for help.