Two Deadly Texas parcel bomb attacks ‘linked’:
Two parcel bombs that left a teenager dead and two others injured in Austin, Texas have been believed to be connected to a case earlier this month, police say.
A 17-year-old boy died after opening a parcel and a woman in her 40s was injured in the explosion, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.
A 75-year-old Hispanic woman was also hurt when a parcel exploded elsewhere in the city on Monday, he said.
Police say they have yet to ascertain a motive in the three strikes.
The two explosions on Monday came less than two weeks after a similar blast killed a 39-year-old black man at his home in the Texas capital.
“This is actually the third in what we believe to be related incidents over the past ten days,” Chief Manley said while talking to reporters close to the site of Monday’s second explosion.
Police are looking into whether race played a role as the victims in two of those cases were African American while the third blast injured a Hispanic woman.
Mr Manley had earlier suggested the attacks could have been hate crimes, but afterwards said police have yet to establish a motive.
“We aren’t ruling out anything at this point,” he said. “We are willing to investigate any avenue that may be involved.”
Investigators said at the time that they believed that the explosion in north-east Austin on 2 March was an isolated incident.
However, on Monday Austin police said they suspect the earlier fatality, initially treated as a suspicious death, was connected to Monday’s death. Both are now being investigated as homicides.