Five Package Explosions in Austin, Texas

Five Package Explosions in Austin, Texas

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Over the past month in Texas, there have been a total of 5 exploding packages that have killed 2 people and seriously injured four others.

The fifth package exploded on Tuesday in a FedEx facility in Schertz, outside of San Antonio. Federal officials says it is “more than possible” that this one is linked to the other four, but it cannot yet be confirmed. This fifth pack is believed mohave been heading to Austin, Texas, where the other explosions occurred, thought the previous packages were not thought to be delivered via FedEx or USPS.

The first three packages were delivered to individual houses, which happened to be either black or hispanic families. Which started talk of the attacks being racial, but the forth explosion occurring on Sunday night, was different from the others. It seemed less targeted,  being set off by a tripwire. The two victims were white men in their twenties.

“We don’t know why the bomber is doing this, we don’t know his reasons,” said Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio field office.

The case is now being investigated by the FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and bomb technicians from Houston and San Antonio.

“We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber,” said Brian Manley, Austin’s interim police chief, at a Monday press conference. “The belief that we are dealing with someone who is using trip wires shows a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skill.”

A $115,000 reward is being offered by officials for any information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Austin police were given $265,500 in emergency funding to buy bomb-detecting x-ray systems in an attempt to combat the issue.

Written by Clarke Jones

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