The accused Boston Marathon bombers were planning to bomb New York’s Times Square.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed on Thursday that surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted he planned to attack the crossroads of the world.
Bloomberg said, “Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York was the next on their list of targets. He told the FBI that he and his brother were intending to detonate their remaining bombs in Times Square.”
Times Square was flooded with police within minutes of the Boston Marathon bombings as a precaution, but until Thursday revelation no one knew how serious the threat was.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said the brothers had six bombs ready to detonate in Times Square, including a pressure cooker bomb just like the ones used at the Boston Marathon.
Kelly said, “One was a pressure cooker bomb, similar to the ones used in the Boston Marathon. The other five were pipe bombs.”
Dzhokhar was familiar with Times Square. A picture showed him there with friends in November last year.
Kelly said, “We are now trying to trace his movements in the city.”
Meanwhile, singer Neil Diamond announced that he’s donating royalties from his iconic hit “Sweet Caroline” to the victims of the bombings.
The anthem has been sung at every Red Sox home game for the last decade and Diamond himself sang it at the emotional first game at Fenway after the bombing.