Bombs in cap­i­tal likely tied to ear­lier blast

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

AUSTIN, TEXAS » 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 Texas cap­i­tal.

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 blasts un­folded just as the city 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 at­tack, 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 ex­plo­sions 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 get un­ex­pected pack­ages.

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