Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Police suspect 'serial bomber' in deadly Austin attacks

Police suspect 'serial bomber' in deadly Austin attacks

Sunday's explosion was the fourth mail package attack in Austin this month.

The men, aged 22 and 23-years-old, were taken to a hospital with what police described as "substantial" but not life threatening injuries.

Two cyclists have been injured in an explosion in Austin, Texas, just weeks after two others were killed by parcel bombs in the city.

But investigators said Monday that they were "clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point".

He said investigators have yet to establish a motive.

Interim Police Chief Manley also said they now know the materials used to construct these devices.

"We're one of the safest cities in the country now dealing with some really horrific events", Adler said, urging residents not to go near anything that appeared suspicious and to alert authorities right away.

The packages on doorsteps weren't mailed: Instead, they were hand-delivered and left on people's doorsteps, likely during overnight hours. With the latest bombing, though, the attacks took on an even more sinister cast.

He said "It's one of those things. that happens elsewhere". "It's more sophisticated, it's not targeted to individuals ... a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something". Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived to conduct interviews.

Manley said FBI and ATF specialists are analyzing the blast site and that additional technicians from the San Antonio and Houston police departments are en route to Austin to assist in the investigation.

"It was dark out". Tripwires can be made from fishing line or a metal wire attached to the bomb. "It would have been very hard for someone to see".

Manley confirmed Monday that his department does have persons of interest, but can not identify a suspect at this time.

Manley also asked anyone with surveillance cameras at their homes to make the footage available in case suspicious vehicles or people could be seen.

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A serial bomber is suspected of planting four bombs detonated this month around Austin, Texas, that have killed two people and injured four others.

The highway has traditionally been seen as a dividing line between the city's more affluent west side and more heavily minority areas to its east.

It is hard to imagine this story getting this kind of treatment from the president, his administration, or the press if the victims had all been white Christians or the perpetrator of these bombings was believed to be a Muslim.

The police chief warned people not to touch suspicious bags, boxes or backpacks, especially if they had wires protruding. Authorities later arrested a 26-year-old man, and the incident did not appear to be related to any previous explosions.

In a less than 48 hours period after the second and third bombings, the Austin Police Department said it had received 265 suspicious package calls.

More than 500 officers, including agents from the FBI and other federal agencies, have conducted 236 interviews in following up on 435 leads.

"That anxiousness is going to continue until we can find the answer", Adler said.

Spring break ended Monday for the University of Texas and many area school districts. None of the four attacks happened close to the campus near the heart of Austin.

Fear spread well beyond the blast site.

"In a weird sense, this latest bomb helps law enforcement because there is tremendous trace evidence that exists after an explosion".

"That's what scares me a little bit", he added.

The PGA's Dell Technologies Match Play tournament is scheduled to begin in Austin on Wednesday, and dozens of the world's top golfers were to begin arriving.

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