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article imageBoston bombing suspects originally planned Fourth of July attack

By Yukio Strachan     May 3, 2013 in Crime
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told the F.B.I. that he and his brother initially planned to carry out a suicide-bomb attack on July 4, but chose the Boston Marathon after the bombs came together faster than they had anticipated, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
The pressure-cooker bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack were built in the Cambridge, Mass., apartment that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev , 26, who was killed in a shootout with the police, shared with his wife and child, a U.S. law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Thursday. The official was not authorized to release the information.
The source said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19,told investigators their bombs were ready earlier than they expected and they decided to move up the date to the Boston Marathon on April 15, Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, according to the account that Dzhokhar provided to authorities. They picked the finish line of the marathon after driving around the Boston area looking for alternative sites, according to this account, The New York Times reported.
Both officials expressed some skepticism about Tsarnaev’s account, saying that the complexity of the bombs made it unlikely that the brothers could have completed them as fast as he claimed, according to the Washington Post.
“Maybe we will never know,” said one of the officials, who has been briefed on the interrogation. “This is the story that he is telling us.”
The new details about the younger brother’s description of the events, first reported on the Web site of the New York Times on Thursday night, came the same day the family members of Tamerlan Tsarnaev claimed his body from the Massachusetts state medical examiner’s office;
it was later picked up by a funeral home, according to Terrel Harris, spokesman for the Massachusetts office of the chief medical examiner, the Washington Post stated.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died four days after the explosions after a firefight with police in Watertown, Mass., four days after the April 15 bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 280, according to CNN. Dzhokhar eluded capture until later April 19 when was found hiding in under a boat tarp in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head, neck, legs and hands, is being held at a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Devens, Massachusetts, CNN reported.
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