Bombing Suspect Tells Investigators NYC Was Next Target
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — New York City officials say the Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in Times Square.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke at a briefing Thursday.
“He told the FBI apparently he and his brother had intended to drive to New York City and detonate additional explosives in Times Square,” Bloomberg said. “They had built additional explosives and we know they had the capacity to carry out the attacks.”
Kelly says the two suspects had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs they wanted to set off.
They said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told Boston investigators from his hospital bed that he and his brother had discussed going to New York to detonate their remaining explosives. They said they decided it spontaneously after the Boston attacks.
“They discussed this while driving around in a Mecedes SUV that they had hijacked after they had shot and killed a MIT officer in Cambridge,” Kelly said citing interviews with the suspect.
Kelly had said a day earlier that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were targeting New York, but was later briefed by federal officials.
Tsarnaev traveled to New York at least once last fall. There is a photo of the suspect in Times Square.
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Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police.