Cal­i­for­nia build­ing ex­plo­sion in­ves­ti­gated as in­ten­tional

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — An ex­plo­sion that rocked a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia med­i­cal build­ing, killing the owner of a day spa and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing two pa­trons, is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a crime after fed­eral of­fi­cials found rem­nants of an ex­plo­sive de­vice in­side the spa, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

The ex­plo­sion oc­curred Tues­day in Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles south of Los An­ge­les.

It blew sid­ing off the walls, ex­pos­ing in­su­la­tion and fram­ing and shat­ter­ing win­dows at the two-story build­ing.

“At this point, we do not be­lieve this was an ac­ci­dent,” said Paul Dela­court, spe­cial agent in charge of the FBI’s field of­fice in Los An­ge­les. “Our work­ing the­ory is that this ex­plo­sion was caused by a de­vice.”

Pieces of the de­vice found at the scene were be­ing sent to the FBI’s lab­o­ra­tory in Quan­tico, Vir­ginia, to be an­a­lyzed, he said. Dela­court said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still work­ing to de­ter­mine a mo­tive and fig­ure out ex­actly how the de­vice was brought to the spa.

He would not say whether the woman killed had been specif­i­cally tar­geted. Two of­fi­cials told The As­so­ci­ated Press that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the blast was caused by an ex­plo­sive pack­age that was specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the of­fice where the ex­plo­sion oc­curred.

One of the of­fi­cials said one of the vic­tims was be­lieved to be the tar­get.

The of­fi­cials were briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the mat­ter pub­licly and spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Or­ange County Un­der­sh­er­iff Don Barnes says the for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body was con­tin­u­ing but au­thor­i­ties be­lieve it is that of Ildiko Kra­jnyak, a li­censed cos­me­tol­o­gist.

The two pa­trons who were in­jured were un­der­go­ing surgery Wed­nes­day and ex­pected to sur­vive.

A third vic­tim was treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

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