Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moved from hospital to prison

DZHOKHAR A TSARNAEV

Boston bomb suspect transferred to federal medical detention facility

LAST UPDATED AT 12:19 ON Fri 26 Apr 2013

DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston bombings, has been moved from hospital to a secure medical detention facility about 40 miles west of Boston.

The facility, which is located on the decommissioned Fort Devens US army base, treats " federal prisoners and detainees who require specialized long-term medical or mental health care", The Guardian reports. Tsarnaev is recovering from a gunshot wound to the throat and other injuries suffered during his attempted getaway.

His transfer from hospital comes a day after authorities revealed that Dzhokhar has told them he and his brother, Tamerlan, planned to travel to New York to attack Times Square with their remaining pressure cooker and pipe bombs.

In a press conference yesterday, New York's police commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tsarnaev, 19, had told the FBI in an interrogation at his hospital bed that he and his elder brother "spontaneously" decided New York was "next on their list of targets".

Kelly said the brothers hijacked a Mercedes SUV and its driver to travel to New York but the plan fell apart when the vehicle ran out of petrol. When the Tsarnaevs ordered the driver to stop at a nearby petrol station he managed to escape and alert police to their whereabouts. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in the ensuing gun battle.

Appearing alongside Kelly, New York's mayor Michael Bloomberg confessed he did not know if authorities would have been able to stop the Tsarnaev brothers had they arrived in the city – and they had been "lucky" they did not have to find out, the BBC reports.

The press conference came as the hijacked Mercedes driver, a 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur who has asked to be identified only by his English nickname ‘Danny', spoke to the Boston Globe about his ordeal. He has chosen to remain anonymous, saying: "I don't want to be a famous person talking on the TV."

He told the paper that his flatmate text him in Chinese to ask about his whereabouts after he was kidnapped. Tamerlan replied using an English-to-Mandarin translation app for iPhone. When the same friend then called to ask where he was, the brothers apparently threatened to murder him if he spoke in Chinese.

'Danny' claimed that during their journey the brothers discussed girls, New York, cars, the iPhone 5 and whether or not anyone still listens to CDs. "I don't feel like a hero," he said. "I was trying to save myself." · 

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