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Sources: Boston Suspects Originally Plotted July 4 Attack

By: ABC News
By: ABC News
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The accused Boston Marathon bombers originally planned to target a Fourth of July celebration in Boston, one of the suspects said according to ABC News sources.

The sources said the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told authorities after his capture that he and his older brother, Tamerlan, only changed their plan and hit the marathon because they were surprised at how quickly they were able to build functioning explosives.

In the end, the Tsarnaev brothers stand accused of setting off a pair of bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 others. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days later, while Dzhokhar was injured and later captured.

For a time after his capture, Dzhokhar spoke with investigators but has since stopped cooperating, officials said last week. While he was talking, he also reportedly said the brothers had learned how to build bombs online and were not funded or directed by any foreign government or rogue group. Still, authorities are investigating a 2012 trip Tamerlan took to Russia where he met with known Islamist militants in Dagestan.

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