– The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings planned to drive to New York City after the April 15th attack and set off more explosives in Times Square, mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
The FBI informed the city of the brothers’ alleged plans, Mr Bloomberg said at a city hall conference. The information came from a second interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is being held on federal capital charges in a Boston hospital. Initially, he allegedly told investigators they were coming to New York just to party.
The bombing is a horrific reminder that we remain targets for terrorists”, Mr Bloomberg said. “Upon news of the explosions in Boston we immediately mobilised the New York City Police Department’s counter-terrorism operations because we thought there was a possibility that they could attempt a related attack here. We now know that possibly was, in fact, all too real.”
New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly said the brothers spontaneously decided to travel to New York and detonated five pipe bombs and a pressure cooker device like the two they allegedly exploded in Boston. Their plan fell apart when they realised the car they had stolen was low on gasoline. When they stopped for fuel, Mr Kelly said, the carjacked driver they were holding hostage escaped and called police.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev travelled to New York in April and November last year, Mr Kelly said.
In 2010, Faisal Shahzad bungled an attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. He pleaded guilty to packing homemade bombs into a Nissan Pathfinder and abandoning it on May 1st, 2010. The bombs were discovered before they went off. Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison.
Federal law enforcement officials and members of Congress briefed on the matte revealed that the brothers used toy car remote controls to set off the Boston blasts.
Legislators are asking whether the FBI or CIA did all they could to prevent the attack. The agencies were queried in 2011 by an overseas government about Dzhokhar’s older brother, Tamerlan. An FBI review at the time turned up nothing incriminating, while the CIA put his name into an international database.
Last week’s bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260. In its aftermath, US lawmakers said they are learning from investigators that the brothers were schooled in radical Islam and terrorist bomb-making online.
The device that detonated the bombs was described by Texas Republican Michael McCaul as the type used to remotely control a toy car. The electronics were placed in pressure cookers along with ball bearings, nails, gunpowder and other components.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended on April 19th after being found hiding in a boat stored in the backyard of a home in Watertown, Massachusetts. His capture ended a four-day manhunt that at times virtually paralysed Boston.
Despite initially saying that Dzhokhar was taken into custody after a second shootout, investigators didn’t recover a weapon from inside the boat, according to two federal law enforcement officials who asked not to be identified in discussing an active criminal probe.
Dzhokhar, recovering from gunshot wounds in a Boston hospital and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, has told investigators the brothers fond bomb-making information in ‘Inspire’, an online magazine affiliated with the al-Qaeda terror organisation. The suspect, with throat wounds, is communicating through writing and nodding – Chris Dolmetsch


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