Boston bombing suspects planned to attack Times Square next
There is new information Thursday night about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. You’ve probably heard reports that the suspects were heading to New York City to party– turns out they had much more on their minds.
We also now know how their plans started to unravel, when they realized the Mercedes SUV they’d carjacked didn’t have enough gas to make it to Manhattan.
As bad as Boston was, investigators say the suspects wanted more.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said “We learned through the joint terrorist task force that the Boston Marathon bombers had planned to travel to Manhattan to detonate their remaining bombs in Times Square.”
Police say the brothers Tsarnaev had six improvised explosive devices left and a spontaneous plan to use them.
In Dagestan, meantime, the Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat, tells reporters she believes the bombing was faked, “There was like paint instead of blood.”
Reports have surfaced that both the CIA and FBI had been asked by Russian authorities to investigate the elder brother in 2011, before he went to Russia for a six month visit last year, prompting debate on Capitol Hill. Many republicans are blasting the administration.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) said “Boston is becoming to me a case study in system failure.”
While California Rep. Adam Schiff (D) said “Some are racing to say that the FBI dropped the ball or the agencies weren’t talking to each other. Now that just doesn’t seem to be the case.”
Badly injured survivors are now just beginning to heal. 38-year-old Heather Abbott had one leg amputated below the knee.
“I felt like my foot was on fire, I couldn’t stand up,” she said.
Boston Marathon runner Tommy Cornille said “These people are gonna adapt and relearn a little bit, there’s gonna be that process.
Tommy, a Chicagoan, was about a half-mile behind Heather, nearing the end of the race, when the bombs went off. He was running on this prosthetic; born missing his right leg below the knee. And he wants the injured to know: it all gets better.
“There’s no limits– there’s no physical limits,” he said, “They don’t have any; there’s nothing.”
This year was Tommy’s first time running the Boston Marathon. He’s run the Chicago Marathon twice and hopes to be at Boston next year.
But for now, he’s thinking of those who were watching and running just ahead of him and what some of them are still going through.