Marathon Bombing Suspects Planned Times Square Attack
(ABC) — Chilling new information has emerged that the suspected Boston Marathon bombers had planned to continue their reign of terror in New York City.
Thursday, investigators said the suspects were headed there next, and on Capitol Hill, tough questions for the White House and FBI on whether they had overlooked warning signs about the older suspect.
It appears Boston was just the beginning. Authorities now say Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had their sights set on New York City.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Dzhokhar had visited Times Square several times, and believe he was planning to set off more bombs there.
“New York City remains a prime target for those who hate America and want to kill Americans,” says Bloomberg in an afternoon press conference.
Investigators say Dzhokhar originally said that he and his older brother planned to go to New York to party, but then changed his story.
“The two brothers had at their disposal six improvised explosive devices. One was a pressure cooker bomb similar to the two that had exploded at the marathon. The other five were pipe bombs,” adds New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Their plan went off track — authorities say– when the owner of the vehicle they carjacked managed to escape.
This morning, the FBI searched a landfill in New Bedford, Massachusetts, looking for discarded packaging or homemade bombs the suspects may have used during practice explosions.
A stash of fireworks was discovered yesterday in Watertown and officials believe Tamerlan planned to use the gunpowder from them to make explosives.
As new details emerge, some members of Congress are frustrated that the FBI and CIA were warned by the Russians 2 years ago about Tamerlan becoming an Islamic radical.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) notes, “Boston is becoming, to me, a case study in system failure.”
Dzhokhar’s parents could arrive in the U.S. any day now. During a press conference in Russia, his mother said she can’t believe Tamerlan would carry out a terror plot.
“He was very nice and he never rejected anyone who was American just because they were Americans,” says Zubeidat Tsarnaeva.
Authorities tell ABC News that Dzhokhar has stopped cooperating with interrogators after he was read his Miranda rights on Monday.