Pack­age bombs may be linked to deadly at­tack

Of­fi­cials look into race as pos­si­ble fac­tor

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Two pack­age bomb blasts a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women in Austin on Mon­day, less than two weeks af­ter a sim­i­lar at­tack left a man dead in an­other part of the city.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the bomb­ings are prob­a­bly con­nected, and they are look­ing into whether race was a fac­tor be­cause all of the vic­tims were mi­nori­ties.

The at­tacks un­folded just as the Texas cap­i­tal was swelling with vis­i­tors to the South By South­west mu­sic fes­ti­val.

The first of Mon­day’s at­tacks killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a 40-year-old woman, both of them Black. As Po­lice Chief Brian Man­ley held a news con­fer­ence to dis­cuss that blast, au­thor­i­ties were called to the scene of an­other ex­plo­sion that in­jured a 75-year-old His­panic woman. She was taken to a hos­pi­tal with po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing wounds.

Au­thor­i­ties sus­pect that both of Mon­day’s blasts were linked to a March 2 at­tack that killed a 39-year-old Black man, and they urged the pub­lic to call po­lice if they re­ceive un­ex­pected pack­ages. The po­lice chief first sug­gested that the blasts could con­sti­tute a hate crime af­ter Mon­day’s first bomb­ing. Fol­low­ing the sec­ond ex­plo­sion hours later, he said au­thor­i­ties had not set­tled on a mo­tive. The ex­plo­sions hap­pened far from the main events of the huge fes­ti­val, which brings about 400,000 vis­i­tors to Austin each year.

Of­fi­cials work on the scene af­ter ex­plo­sions in Austin on Mon­day. Austin Amer­i­can-states­man/ap

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