Fa­tal day-spa ex­plo­sion may have been tar­geted at­tack: FBI Par­cel bomb blast

The Morning Bulletin - - WORLD -

AN ex­plo­sion that ripped through a south­ern Cal­i­for­nia day spa killed the owner, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors on Wed­nes­day (lo­cal time) were look­ing into whether she was tar­geted in the crime.

Au­thor­i­ties de­clined to pub­licly say if they be­lieved the spa owner was tar­geted, but one of­fi­cial briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press that she had been the in­tended re­cip­i­ent of an ex­plo­sive pack­age.

Rem­nants of an ex­plo­sive de­vice were found in­side the badly dam­aged spa where the pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion on Tues­day af­ter­noon shook the city of Aliso Viejo, about 80km south of Los An­ge­les, and tore a corner off the build­ing that houses med­i­cal of­fices.

Two pa­trons were se­ri­ously in­jured. “We do not be­lieve this was an ac­ci­dent,” said Paul Dela­court, spe­cial agent in charge of the FBI’s field of­fice in Los An­ge­les.

“Al­though the dam­age was ex­ten­sive, there are some com­po­nents that we have lo­cated at the scene of the ex­plo­sion that are inconsistent with what one might ex­pect to find at this busi­ness.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were work­ing to de­ter­mine a mo­tive and fig­ure out ex­actly how the de­vice got to the spa, Mr Dela­court said. No ar­rests were made.

The blast is be­lieved to have been caused by a pack­age sent to the spa, two of­fi­cials told the AP. The spa owner was be­lieved to be the tar­get, one of­fi­cial said.

The of­fi­cials were briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but not au­tho­rised to dis­cuss the mat­ter pub­licly and spoke to AP on con­di­tion of anonymity. For­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body was con­tin­u­ing but au­thor­i­ties be­lieve it was Ildiko Kra­jnyak, a li­censed cos­me­tol­o­gist, who owned the spa. Friends set up a fundrais­ing cam­paign to cover her fu­neral costs and fly her son home from Seat­tle, where he at­tends col­lege.

Ms Kra­jnyak, 48, was orig­i­nally from Hun­gary and had just vis­ited there, ac­cord­ing to her Face­book page and a neigh­bour.

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