BOSTON - Multiple media sources are reporting that three days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Tsarnaev brothers intended to detonate their remaining explosives in Times Square.
The reports are being attributed to unnamed law enforcement sources.
NBC, ABC, CNN and Reuters report that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been charged in connection with the deadly Boston bombings, spelled out details of the plan to investigators from his hospital bed.
Reuters quotes one law enforcement source as saying that Dzhokhar and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan hijacked a car Thursday night with the intention of going to New York with their seven remaining explosive devices to set them off at Times Square.
The plan was aborted, according to the sources, when the owner of the hijacked car escaped and alerted police.That, in turn, led to a car chase in Watertown and shootout that left Dzhokhar wounded and Tamerlan dead.
Dzhokhar, badly injured, fled in a second car and eventually hid in a boat in the backyard of a home in Watertown, where he was captured Friday night.
One source tells Reuters that Dzhokhar originally told investigators that the brothers were going to New York "to party," an account that New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelley also gave on Wednesday.
But later, Reuter reports, Dzhokhar said the trip was aimed at setting off the remaining explosive devices in their possession.
NBC's Jonathan Dienst reports that the alleged plan, as reportedly explained by Tsarnaev to investigators, appeared to be more "aspirational," in the words of a senior law enforcement official, than concrete.The brothers had not surveyed Times Square for a possible site nor taken specific steps to do some, according to the account.
Reuters says two other law enforcement sources could not confirm that the brothers were heading to New York City that evening, but believe that the pair had planned to set off the bombs in New York at some point.
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