Three package bombings in Texas "related"

Authorities work on the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday

Authorities work on the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday

Shortly after Police Chief Brian Manley announced the suspected link between Monday's blast and a March 2 attack that killed a 39-year-old man, authorities rushed to the scene of a third explosion that badly injured a second woman.

Organizers of the South By Southwest festival are urging those visiting Austin, "if you see something, say something", after three package bombings killed two people and injured two others in less than two weeks.

"There are similarities, and we can not rule out that these two incidents are in fact related", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday.

He said officials believe this explosion is related to two previous explosions - one that occurred earlier on Monday, another that happened 10 days ago.

Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that the later blast left a woman in her 70s with potentially life-threatening injuries and that a second woman in her 80s was being treated for an unrelated medical issue.

Manley said Monday's first explosion is similar to the March 2nd explosion and is "likely related".

Although investigators have not determined a motive for the attacks, they believe the victims may have been specifically targeted due to their race.

A 75-year-old woman was severely injured in the afternoon attack.

Manley said the packages are "average sized delivery boxes, not exceptionally large" that the residents found outside their houses.

Investigators have said the three blasts that killed two people and wounded two others could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic

McManus said in a news conference he has been in contact with Manley, who shared that Austin PD has been receiving a lot of calls from people across the city reporting suspicious packages.

"We are putting together a task force that will work jointly until we conclude this investigation and we arrest the person or persons responsible", Manley added.

Anthony Stephan House, 39, died from injuries in the March 2 explosion, police said. His death is being investigated as a homicide.

The police say the devices are powerful enough to cause extensive damage inside the homes and showed a certain amount of sophistication.

"There was a package that exploded inside of the home".

He said officials with the USA post office and large package delivery services, including UPS and Federal Express, have no record of dropping off parcels to the three addresses. If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. "We can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this", Manley said. Here's a screenshot of where the explosion took place, east of 35 in the Harris Ridge area, not far from Dell Parmer South Campus and Parmer North.

The F.B.I. and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are assisting with the investigation.

Authorities investigate the scene in East Austin, Texas on Monday, March 12, 2018.Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP Manley said that investigators hadn't determined a motive for the attacks but that it was possible the victims could have been targeted because they are black.

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