Congress to hold hearings on Islamic extremism in Chechnya

House lawmakers will investigate Islamist extremism in Chechnya in the wake of last week's Boston bombings, which are believed to be the work of two ethnic Chechen suspects.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee's subpanels on Europe and Terrorism will hold a joint hearing at 10:30 a.m. Friday, The Hill has learned.

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Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are suspected of setting off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 200.

The committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Paul Goble, a professor at the Institute of World Politics, and Craig Douglas Albert, an assistant professor at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. No administration officials are currently scheduled to testify but the witness list may be expanded.

The Tsarnaev family fled Chechnya in the early 1990s as war with Russia broke out.

The elder Tamerlan may have been in contact with Islamist extremists during a visit to Dagestan, next to Chechnya, last year. The regions have been plagued by Islamist violence.