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NYC was next for Boston bombers

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev revealed to authorities that they had planned to bomb Times Square in New York City.

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Picture: EWN

NEW YORK - More details are emerging of how the suspected Boston bombers allegedly planned to bomb Times Square in New York.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he along with his officials were informed that New York City was their next target following the two bombs at the marathon over a week ago.

This week, lawmakers demanded answers about what the US government knew about the suspects before the bombing, especially Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who Russia had asked the FBI to question in 2011 over concerns he may have been a radical Islamist.

He died on Friday in a shootout with police.

Younger brother, Dzhokhar, revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on Times Square as a target, during his questioning, " Kelly told a news conference with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

It emerged that the two brothers had planned to drive to Times Square that same night, their plan, fell apart when they realised that the vehicle that they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station.

At the time, the men still had six explosive devices, including a pressure-cooker bomb of the type used at the marathon and six pipe bombs, he said.

When they stopped to refuel, the driver of the vehicle escaped and alerted authorities and set off a late night chase and shootout in suburban Watertown, where police say the suspects threw improvised explosive devices at officers.

Hours earlier, the brothers had shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer in Cambridge, authorities said.

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