Bombers’ Times Square Plan: Mayor Bloomberg Confirms Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Next Target Was NYC
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed Thursday that the Boston bombers were headed to New York to bomb Times Square during a press conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
"New York was next on their list of targets," Bloomberg said of the brothers.
The two suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were apprehended by police after an arduous and highly-publicized manhunt late last week that ended with the older of the two brothers, Tamerlan, being shot and killed.
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According to Fox News, the FBI has confirmed that the second phase of the bombers' plot was an attack on Times Square.
"The fact is, New York City remains a prime target for those who hate America and want to kill Americans," Bloomberg said.
The plot came to light after the 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted during interrogations at the hospital in Boston that he and his brother Tamerlan planned to bomb Times Square. AP reports that a photo of one of the brothers shows him in Times Square last fall. From the Atlantic Wire:
While officials speaking to NBC emphasized that the New York plan went nowhere - one of them characterized the scheme as "aspirational" - Dzhokhar's admission seems to be in line with multiple prior reports that the Tsarnaev brothers had been thinking about a visit to New York after the Boston attack.
Commissioner Kelly said that the bombers had six bombs with them the night they were pursued by police. One of the bombs was a pressure cooker bomb like the one the brothers used during the attack on the Boston Marathon. It was packed with gunpowder and shrapnel, Fox News reports.
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