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Saudi Arabia also warned US about marathon bombing suspects

Joyce Lupiani

Saudi Arabia also warned US about marathon bombing suspects

CREATED May. 1, 2013

(KTNV) -- Saudi Arabia is now saying that they were also concerned about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and contacted the United States.

The U.K. Daily Mail is reporting that authorities from Saudi Arabia contact the Department of Homeland Security in early 2012 saying something was going to happen in a major U.S. city and they were worried that Tamerlan Tsarnaev might be involved.

The Saudis say the warning was based on their own counter-terrorism information and sources in Yemen.

They say that Tsarnaev tried to enter the country for a pilgrimage to Mecca -- a requirement for all Muslims.

But, he raised red flags because he wanted to make the visit outside of the month normally reserved for pilgrimages.

The Saudis say that is something Al Queda suicide bombers often do before carrying out attacks.

After two reports of warnings missing by U.S. intelligence, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul is planning an announcement today calling for hearings on what the government knew in the months leading up to the Boston attacks.

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