UPDATE DELIVERY BOMBS STRIKE AUSTIN
By Jon Herskovitz
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two package bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded on Monday, killing a teenager and injuring two women in attacks that police linked to a deadly blast earlier this month.
The latest bombings came as the Texas capital hosted its annual South by Southwest music, technology and film festival downtown. The victims in all three cases were African-American or Hispanic, and police said they were examining the attacks as possible hate crimes.
In each of the three attacks, a cardboard package was left at the front of a private residence and exploded after an unwitting victim picked it up or tried to open it, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.
The packages that exploded on Monday were not delivered by any mainstream commercial shipping services, such as Federal Express or United Parcel Service, Manley said.
"We are looking at these incidents as being related," Manley said, adding that federal investigators had joined the search for suspects and a possible motive.
"We cannot rule out that hate crime is at the core of this, but we are not saying that that is the cause," Manley told a news conference.
He warned residents to watch out for boxes left outside their homes and to report anything suspicious to police.Read More...