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Boston bombers planned to go to NYC next

Published: April 23, 2013 | 1:19 pm
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(CNA)-Boston Marathon bombings suspects Tamarlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev had a cache of weapons that hints at plans for a followup attack and investigators now say the brothers may have headed for New York City if not for the shooting death of Tamerlan in a police standoff on Thursday night and the eventual capture of Dzokhar Friday night, CBS News reports.

Investigators have new insight from the carjacking victim held hostage by Tamerlan and Dzokhar Thursday night. The victim speaks little to no English, according to CBS News special correspondent John Miller, but authorities pressed him to remember recognizable words from his exchange with the bombing suspects. The suspects openly boasted to the victim in English about their role in the Boston Marathon bombing and carried out the rest of their exchange in Russian.

John Miller reports that the victim said, “‘the only word I recognized was Manhattan,’” a word which “tripped a lot” of alarm for authorities, who quickly halted Amtrak service from Boston to New York, searched the trains.

Surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued to answer questions in writing from his hospital bed Monday night. “He can say about one word at a time,” Miller said.

So far, his account indicates he was “driven by his brother” and that “it was mostly done online, in terms of radicalization [and] finding instructions.” Investigators say it remains unlikely there is an international terrorist organization behind the attack or the Tsarnaev’s training.

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