Boston Bombing Suspects Planned Times Square Attack Next, Officials Say

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The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect says he and his brother discussed attacking NYC's Times Square next, according to law enforcement officials.

  • Tamerlan Tsarnaev Image
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The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, initially told investigators that they planned to go to New York to party after the Boston attack, the officials said.

The New York police commissioner also gave a similar account.

Under questioning, the officials said, Tsarnaev said that he and his deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, discussed a follow-up attack on Times Square.

The officials cautioned that the Tsarnaev's idea was "undeveloped." One senior official described the plan as speculative, and “aspirational at most.”

Tsarnaev reportedly confessed to his role in the Boston blast, too.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly scheduled a press briefing later Thursday to further discuss this subject.

Tsarnaev, wounded in a shootout with police (in which is brother died) before he was captured Friday night, is in fair condition at a Boston hospital.

Three people were killed and more than 200 wounded when two bombs went off near the marathon finish line April 15, sparking a massive manhunt.

A man who authorities say was carjacked by the Tsarnaevs before the shootout told police he heard one of the men say “Manhattan” before he escaped.

Somewhere, Boston Marathon bombing conspiracy theorists are already discrediting this. In any case, the questioning happened before Tsarnaev was read his rights.

The U.S. government had invoked an exception to the requirement that suspects be read what are known as their Miranda rights before questioning.

The exception is applied in cases of public danger.

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