Officials: Boston suspects discussed second attack in Times Square


NBC News

The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has told investigators that he and his brother discussed detonating the rest of their explosives in Times Square, senior law enforcement officials told NBC News on Thursday.

The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, initially told investigators that they planned to go to New York to party after the Boston attack, one source said. The New York police commissioner also gave this account Wednesday.

Under subsequent questioning, the officials said, Tsarnaev said that the brothers had discussed a follow-up attack on Times Square.

The officials cautioned that the idea was undeveloped. One senior official described the plan as “aspirational at most.”

Tsarnaev, wounded in a shootout with police before he was captured Friday, is in fair condition at a Boston hospital. His older brother and the second suspect, Tamerlan, was killed after the shootout.

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

The subsequent questioning happened before Tsarnaev was read his rights, the officials said.