Bombers' Times Square plan: Use remaining bombs in New York, FBI says
Bombers' Times Square plan was hatched spontaneously, the FBI told New York officials, based on its interrogation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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At an afternoon press conference, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the FBI told them that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as part of his 16-hour FBI interrogation, identified New York as “next on their list of targets.”
Kelly said that initially, in the first interrogation that stretched from Saturday night into Sunday morning, Mr. Tsarnaev told investigators that he and his older brother, Tamerlan, planned to go to New York to “party.”
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But in the second interrogation, which stretched from Sunday night into Monday morning, Kelly said, Tsarnaev was more “lucid,” saying the actual plan was to drive to New York in the SUV and detonate their remaining bombs. According to Kelly, they had one pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs.
“We know they had the capacity to carry out the attacks,” Mr. Bloomberg said.
If the brothers had arrived in Times Square on a Saturday night at 2 or 3 a.m., Kelly says there would have been a significant number of people in the popular tourist spot.
Would more people have been killed or hurt?
“I would not want to guess,” Kelly replied. “You saw the power of the bombs in Boston, and you can only guess the damage in New York.”
But if the brothers had arrived in Times Square they would have found a large police presence, Bloomberg said. They probably would not have noticed all the cameras the city has erected in the area in an effort to head off crime. Some of the cameras are designed to quickly identify packages left on the ground, for example.