Two people were injured Sunday night by a parcel bombing in Austin, Texas, the fourth mysterious explosion to hit the city this month, police said.
Police said they were working on the assumption that bombing in Texas on Sunday’s attack is linked to the three previous explosions, which left two dead and several wounded in the Texas capital and for which investigators are tracking racist crimes.
The county’s medical emergency department said on Twitter that it had transported two seriously injured men to the hospital, each in their twenties, after reports of an explosion at around 8:30 pm
The police, who advised residents Sunday night to stay home to judge the neighborhood safe, did not provide details of the two wounded.
The previous parcel bombs killed two African-Americans, a 39-year-old man on March 2 and a 17-year-old man on March 12, and seriously injured a 72-year-old Hispanic woman on March 12.
Trapped package – bombing in Texas
According to him, the two victims were cycling or pushing their bicycles when a suspicious package placed on the side of the road detonated.
It is “very possible” that the craft was “triggered by someone who handled, kicked or made contact with a trip-wire,” he said.
“It’s a game changer,” said the police chief. “We must now raise our level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious craft, be it a package, a bag or a backpack, anything that does not seem to be square”.
Sunday’s explosion came hours after a call to the author or authors of previous attacks. “We want to understand what has brought you here and we want to listen to you,” said Manley, who spoke directly to the author or perpetrators.
The police also announced that the reward for any information that could lead to arrest has been increased to $115,000.
The police found a common thread between the first three attacks. Each time, parcels packaged in cardboard were left directly in person and not delivered by mail and the explosive devices were made with household items available in hardware stores.
Hundreds of police officers are working on the case, including experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).