(USA Today) Three days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Tsarnaev brothers “spontaneously” decided to drive to New York’s Times Square in a hijacked SUV to explode their remaining bombs. But they were thwarted when the SUV owner escaped at a gas station, triggering a police car chase and shootout, New York City’s mayor and police commissioner said Thursday.

“We don’t know whether we would have been able to stop the terrorists had they arrived here from Boston, but we are just thankful that we didn’t have to find out the answer,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters.

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