April 26, 2013

Officials: Boston bombing suspects targeted Times Square next

By Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz / The Associated Press

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News headlines circle a building in New York's Times Square on Thursday, announcing that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said.

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New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg hold a news conference about the Boston bombing suspects on Thursday in New York.

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Outside Penn Station, Wayne Harris, a schoolteacher from Queens, said: "We don't know when a terrorist attack will happen next in New York, but it will happen. It didn't happen this time, by the grace of God. God protected us this time."

In 2010, Times Square was targeted with a car bomb that never went off. Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad had planted a bomb in an SUV, but street vendors noticed smoke and it was disabled. Shahzad was arrested as he tried to leave the country and was sentenced to life in prison.

Meanwhile, the Tsarnaev brothers' father said he is leaving Russia for the U.S. in the next day or two, but their mother said she was still thinking it over.

Anzor Tsarnaev has expressed a desire to go to the U.S. to find out what happened with his sons, defend the hospitalized son and, if possible, bring the older son's body back to Russia for burial.

Their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, who was charged with shoplifting in the U.S. last summer, said she has been assured by lawyers that she would not be arrested, but was still deciding whether to make the trip.

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