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Sunday 19 August 2018

Third blast in Texas ‘linked to two previous deadly explosions’

An earlier blast which killed a teenager was linked to a March 2 explosion which killed a 39-year-old man.

Authorities are investigating the scene after multiple explosions in Austin on (Ricardo B Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Authorities are investigating the scene after multiple explosions in Austin on (Ricardo B Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

By Will Weissert and Paul J Weber

Police are responding to another explosion in Austin, Texas, which left a pensioner badly injured, hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and wounded a woman in a different part of the city.

Austin-Travis County emergency services tweeted that an explosion on Monday in south-east Austin injured a woman in her 70s, who has been taken to hospital.

Authorities have not said whether the most recent explosion was caused by a package bomb like the one which exploded earlier on Monday.

But they are linking it to a similar bombing that killed a 39-year-old man elsewhere in the city this month.

They are investigating whether race was a factor as all the victims were black.

Shortly after police chief Brian Manley held a news conference in which he linked the Monday morning attack with the March 2 attack, authorities rushed to the scene of the third blast.

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Police are investigating whether the attacks are racially motivated (Ricardo B.Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Austin-Travis County emergency services officials tweeted that the elderly woman was taken to Dell Seton Medical Centre with potentially life-threatening injuries.

The explosions happened with hundreds of thousands of visitors in the city for the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival, and authorities urged the public to call the police if they receive any packages they are not expecting.

The three explosions occurred in different parts of east Austin.

Monday’s first explosion happened at a home near the city’s Windsor Park district and about 12 miles from the home where the March 2 package bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House.

The March 2 blast was initially investigated as a suspicious death, but is now viewed as a homicide.

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