Police link two deadly package bombs in Texas state capital
In each case, the explosives were left on the victims’ front doorstep, authorities said.
A package that exploded inside a house in Austin, Texas, killing a teenager and wounding a woman, is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas’ capital city earlier this month.
Austin police chief Brian Manley said investigators believe the attacks are linked because in each case, the package bombs were left on the victims’ front doorsteps, and not delivered by a mail service.
He said the US Postal Service does not have a record of delivering a package to the Austin home where the explosion occurred. He said that package was brought into the kitchen where it detonated, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring the woman.
Mr Manley said investigators believe the explosion is linked to a similar blast that killed a 39-year-old man on March 2. That explosion occurred about 12 miles north of Monday’s blast. Both explosions occurred in the early hours.
The chief said all of the victims have been black and that investigators are considering whether race could have factored into the attacks.
The FBI is helping Austin police in the investigation.