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FBI shoots, kills man linked to Boston bomb suspect

The FBI building in Miami, Florida, pictured on June 23, 2006
The FBI building in Miami, Florida, pictured on June 23, 2006. An FBI agent fatally shot a man in the US state of Florida Wednesday while he was being questioned in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI said.

An FBI agent fatally shot a man in the US state of Florida Wednesday while he was being questioned in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI said.

US media outlets said the man knew one of the bombers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the man initiated a "violent confrontation" during the questioning early Wednesday in Orlando, Florida, and was killed, and an FBI agent suffered "non-life threatening injuries."

The FBI did not name the man who was killed, but the Orlando Sentinel newspaper identified him as Ibragim Todashev, 27.

The man was being questioned by the FBI agent, two Massachusetts state troopers and other law enforcement personnel, the FBI said in a statement. It gave no other details.

Todashev was reported to be a friend of deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whom he knew through their shared hobby of mixed martial-arts fighting.

Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar, 19, were the alleged perpetrators of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the finish line of the race.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police. His brother was captured after an exhaustive manhunt and is in custody.

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