Signs of bomb found at site of day spa blast

The Star Malaysia - - World -

ALISO VIEJO (Cal­i­for­nia): An ex­plo­sion that ripped through a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia day spa killed the owner, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors 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 on Wed­nes­day said 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, 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, Dela­court said.

No ar­rests were made.

The blast is be­lieved to have been caused by a pack­age sent to the spa, said two of­fi­cials.

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, 48, 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.

Irene White, a friend, read a state­ment Wed­nes­day on be­half of Kra­jnyak’s fam­ily, call­ing her death “a com­plete shock.”

The fam­ily asked for pri­vacy as they mourn “a mother, a wife, a daugh­ter and a friend.”

The two cus­tomers in­jured un­der­went surgery Wed­nes­day and were ex­pected to sur­vive. A third vic­tim was treated for smoke in­hala­tion. — AP

— AP

Flee­ing to safety: Res­cue per­son­nel es­cort­ing chil­dren from Academy on the Hill pre-school in Aliso Viejo af­ter the fa­tal ex­plo­sion nearby.

— AP

Blast site: A still from a video show­ing the spa af­ter the ex­plo­sion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.