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Officials investigate another package explosion in Texas

21 March 2018, 03:28 | Bernice Figueroa

Police in Austin Texas are investigating a series of deadly bombings in recent weeks

Police in Austin Texas are investigating a series of deadly bombings in recent weeks

The FBI field office in San Antonio initially said there were no reported injuries, but a FedEx spokesman later confirmed that one worker suffered minor injuries in the blast.

During a press conference officials said an employee standing next to the package explosion had ringing in her ears afterwards. Police believe the explosion happened after residents took the package inside to open it.

A homemade bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution centre near San Antonio early on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that struck capital city Austin this month.

Investigators revealed that the package exploded in the sorting area of the facility.

"The use of a tripwire is far less discriminating than leaving parcel bombs at residences and suggests that the latest victims were not specifically targeted", the global think tank Stratfor Threat Lens said. "We are very strong".

This is the fifth explosion in a series of incidents that have many people in Austin on edge.

House, a senior project manager at Texas Quarries, and Mason, an aspiring music student at the University of Texas at Austin, both perished after opening package bombs sent or left at their residences. And he confirmed that he had also been told about a second suspicious package in the FedEx system Tuesday.

March 20, 2018: Sixth explosion reported in southwest Austin.

More than 350 special agents assigned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as ATF agents and forensic investigators in Quantico, Virginia, are on the Austin case.

Authorities roped off a large area around the shopping center in the Austin enclave of Sunset Valley where the store is situated.

"We suspect it is related to our investigation", Lee said.

"It would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it's related" to the other four Austin bombings since March 2, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Michelle Lee said.


Another FedEx facility near the Austin airport was evacuated as police responded to reports of a suspicious package there. She told us that he was not being allowed to leave.

The FBI, state, and local authorities are investigating both incidents.

"We're going to be here for a little while", Smith said.

Two people are dead and four injured, and authorities don't appear closer to making any arrests in the four bombings that have rocked the capital city.

"If this is connected, we're seeing a major shift where the person may be beginning to rely on professional carriers to distribute these explosive devices", Plohetski said.

But Manley said police have been unable to determine a motive for the bombings.

How are they examining the evidence?

"It was so dark they couldn't tell, and they tripped", he said.

Police have urged Austin residents to report any suspicious packages.

If one perpetrator is behind the four Austin bombs and the device in Schertz, then the person deployed an unusually wide range of skills and delivery methods, CNN law enforcement analyst James Gagliano said.

When asked how he sees the case, Adler said, "I certainly know there is significant fear and terror being felt by people in the community". Inside the package was metal shrapnel and nails.

Emergency vehicles in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded today in Schertz, Texas. We are thankful that there were no serious injuries from this criminal activity.



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