Police in show of force in NY, after officials say bombers may have intended to strike the city

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

New York's police commissioner says there's no evidence that New York is still a target of any terror plot.

But in a show of force, police cruisers with blinking lights were lined up in the middle of Times Square today, and uniformed officers stood shoulder to shoulder. One tourist from France said it didn't make her feel safer -- but instead made her worry that "something bad is about to happen."

Amid the show of force, an electronic ticker overhead relayed the news that the Boston Marathon bombers may have been planning to target New York with their remaining explosives -- had they not been intercepted by police in a blazing gunbattle.

Officials in New York City say the surviving suspect told interrogators that it was an idea they came up with on the spur of the moment, just before the older brother was killed.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, "We don't know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston." He adds, "We're just thankful that we didn't have to find out that answer."

Officials say the bombers still had five pipe bombs in their stolen SUV, along with a pressure-cooker explosive like the ones that blew up at the marathon, when they became involved in the shootout with police.


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