Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Boston bomb accused planned attack on New York

Boston bomb suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (AP/The Lowell Sun and Robin Young)

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in Times Square, New York City officials have said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke at a briefing today.

Mr Kelly said 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.

Mr Kelly had said a day earlier that the suspects were targeting New York, but was later briefed by federal officials.

Tsarnaev travelled to New York at least once last autumn. There is a photo of the suspect in Times Square.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police.

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