Chechen Muslimah Heda Umarova flew under everyone’s radar while in the US. Though she befriended Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, she was never suspected of any involvement in jihadist activities… until now.
Four months after the Boston bombings, Umarova bought roundtrip tickets to Chechnya so she could get married. The marriage was likely arranged, as her parents traveled with her to see her marry a man she had probably never met in person before. When in America, Umarova did not wear any sort of traditional Islamic ninja costume.
After Umarova’s marriage, she decided to stay in Chechnya instead of returning to America with her parents, who *totally* had no idea what she was up to. In the months since, Umarova is speculated to have turned into a full-on jihadist, posting imagery of Chechens holding weapons and a doctored picture of a US passport in a bag covered in the jihad black flag on social media.
For now, Umarova’s whereabouts aren’t entirely known, though she is believed to still be in Chechnya. Whether or not she will return to America remains to be seen.