New York’s Times Square was next on the Boston Marathon bombers’ terror plan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed Thursday. Authorities depicted the plan as the Tsarnaev brothers’ terrifying and impulsive terror agenda that fell apart chiefly as a result of the low gas in their hijacked car.
According to authorities, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, revealed that the night of April 18, he and his brother were sitting in their hijacked car and thinking about a new place where they could unleash terror and they chose New York’s Times Square to be the next target.
Tsarnaev also told investigators from his hospital bed that at the time they decided to hit New York City, they had five bombs and a pressure-cooker explosive in their stolen car.
"We don't know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston," the mayor said, according to CNN. "We're just thankful that we didn't have to find out that answer."
Their plan failed when the car ran low on gas in the Boston area and the Tsarnaev brothers told the driver to stop at a gas station. The driver they were holding hostage ranaway during the refueling and called the police. Authorities intercepted the brothers in a shootout that left 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev escaped and was later found wounded by a homeowner in his backyard.
"They discussed this while driving around in a Mercedes SUV that they hijacked after they shot and killed the officer at MIT," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, according to CBS News. "That plan, however, fell apart when they realized that the vehicle they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station."
Kelly also said that the city was informed by investigators about the plan of Tsarnaev brothers.
Authorities are insisting that there is no indication that New York City is at present a target of a terror plan shooting from the Boston Marathon explosions. However, authorities are probing two visits Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made to New York City in 2012. There is also a photo of the suspect in Times Square.
Meanwhile Russianhas urged closer coordination between the US and Russia on security services in the wake of the Boston attacks.