Police, FBI Investigate Deadly Explosions In Austin, Texas – 3rd Linked Incident This Month

March 12th, 2018
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 31: Police block off an area of 6th Street after two shootings July 31, 2016 in downtown Austin, Texas. Austin Police say shots rang out in the city's entertainment district around 2:17 a.m. A woman in her 20s was killed and three women in their 30s were listed in serious but non-life threatening condition, according to published reports. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

UPDATE (4:00 pm ET): Austin Police have confirmed that all three incidents are viewed as related. The ATF is handling the investigation and is being supported by the FBI and local police.

APD Chief Brian Manley told reporters following Monday’s second bombing that “do not have a specific ideology or victimology that we have identified.”

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UPDATE (1:50 pm ET): Police are currently investigating a second explosion that took place Monday in a different part of the city, marking the third incident overall this month. One woman was reportedly injured.

 

Police have warned all Austin residents not to open packages they were not expecting to receive.

Each of the three explosives have reportedly been hand delivered by the unknown culprit or culprits.

 

Police have confirmed a “package” explosion that killed one male teenager and injured a woman in Austin, Texas Monday morning.

According to local CBS affiliate KEYE, the explosion took place on the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, north of E. MLK Blvd in east Austin.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters that both the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Postal Service are assisting in the investigation.

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The explosion is the second such incident to occur in Austin in March, and the two are allegedly being treated as linked events.

 

The sites of both explosions were homes owned by black families, and they are currently being investigated as “suspicious deaths,” potential homicides and potential hate crimes, though the authorities have not ruled out possible links to terrorism.

The woman injured by the blast was rushed to the hospital where she is being treated for serious injuries.

This is a developing story. The Daily Caller will update with more information as it becomes available.

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