Sources: Revere man not suspected in Boston Marathon bombings

Mohammed Bodawood went to Brigham and Women’s today but could not find his roommate.
Mohammed Bodawood went to Brigham and Women’s today but could not find his roommate. Credit: Steven A. Rosenberg/Globe Staff

REVERE — The Saudi Arabian man whose apartment was searched by Boston Marathon bombing investigators is not a person of interest in the continuing search for the persons responsible for Monday’s terrorist attack.

“He has been checked out,’’ said a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. “He is not involved. He is just a victim.’’

Earlier today, Mohammed Bodawood, told the Globe he doubted there was a link between his roommmate and the bombings.

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“I don’t think he could do that,’’ Bodawood told the Globe.

Bodawood described the man as a devout Muslim who is 20 years old and a fan of soccer.

Also earlier today, a spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington said US officials had told the embassy Monday night that the man was not a suspect and was cooperating with the investigation.

“He’s been fully cooperating with authorities. We were informed by US authorities that no Saudi is a suspect,” said Nail Aljubeir.

“We want to know about it [the investigation] as much as everybody else. “We’re working very closely with US authorities on this. As of yesterday, we were informed that there were no Saudi suspects. He’s more a witness than anything else,” he said.

Aljubeir lamented that some news organizations published reports that a Saudi was a suspect, saying it endangered people at a time when Saudi-US relations are improving in part because of a concentrated effort to send more Saudi students to study in the United States and get to know America.

“It is a concern,” he said. “We’re concerned about the backlash against students based on a false story.”

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