Boston bomb suspects targeted Times Square

The father of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings plans to travel to the United States this weekend as the US revealed they had plans to target New York. The brothers accused of staging the Boston Marathon bombings planned a new attack in Times Square as they were being hunted by police, according to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confessed the plan to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in his hospital bed, Bloomberg said, calling it a "horrific reminder that we remain targets for terrorists." "Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets," Bloomberg told a press conference. The pair - accused of carrying out the April 15 attacks near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three people and wounded 264 - aimed to use their remaining explosives in Times Square, he added. Spontaneous decision The 19-year-old and his elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev made a "spontaneous" decision to go to New York as they raced around the Boston suburbs in a car with at least six bombs, New York police chief Ray Kelly added. The pair had a pressure cooker bomb -- similar to the two that erupted at the marathon -- as well as five other pipe bombs and improvised hand grenades as they drove around in the hijacked black Mercedes, according to police. The night finished with a policeman killed and another gravely wounded. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in one shootout with police while Dzhokhar, critically wounded, was found Friday hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard. Going to New York to party" Kelly revealed on Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had told investigators that the pair planned to go to New York "to party." "A subsequent questioning of Dzhokhar revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on Times Square as a target," Kelly said Thursday at a joint news conference with Bloomberg. Father to fly to US Anzor Tsarnaev, father of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, speaking in the Russian region of Dagestan alongside his wife Zubeidat Said he would fly to the US this weekend. "I plan to go to the United States to clear everything up. I am not looking for revenge or to offend. Let the special services sort it out," Anzor told reporters in Dagestan's main city Makhachkala. He has vehemently maintained his sons could not have carried out the blasts. Anzor Tsarnaev said he expected to leave for the United States later Thursday or on Friday. He said Zubeidat had not decided whether to accompany him, apparently due to shoplifting charges dating from 2012. Anzor said he wanted to see Dzhokhar, 19, who was gravely wounded during his capture by the US authorities and bury Tamerlan, 26, who was killed in a chaotic shootout. "I want to see my youngest son and bury my eldest," he said. The parents have been recently living in Dagestan, an overwhelmingly Muslim region on the Caspian Sea where the family briefly stayed before leaving for the United States. Family background Anzor is an ethnic Chechen born in Kyrgyzstan while Zubeidat is an ethnic Avar who hails from Dagestan itself. Dzhokhar has been charged with federal terror offences over the twin blasts on April 15 that killed three and wounded 264 people at the Boston Marathon's finish line. Investigation under way Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with Boston blasts As it happened AFP/Voice of Russia

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