Monday, 19 March 2018

Two cyclists injured in fourth Texas explosion

Two cyclists have been injured in an explosion in Austin, Texas, just weeks after two others were killed by parcel bombs in the city.
Police said the latest bomb may have been detonated by a trip wire after the two men came upon the device on the side of a road in a residential neighbourhood.
Sunday's explosion, which authorities believe is linked to three earlier this month, occurred at around 8.30pm in Travis Country, in the city's southwest.

The men, reportedly in their 20s, were both taken to hospital, where their injuries are not life-threatening.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said they are looking into whether the bomb was triggered when someone handled, kicked or came in contact with a trip wire.

"We now need the community to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device," he said.

"Given that there may have been a different triggering mechanism in this device, we wanted to get that out as early as possible."

The explosion is several miles from the city's east side, where three earlier blasts occurred.

Mr Manley added: "We're working on belief that they are connected."

The three previous explosions killed two African-American men: Anthony Stephan House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17.
Mr House was killed on 2 March in an explosion that also damaged a wall and door, while Mr Mason, a promising young musician, died on 12 March.

Mr Mason's mother was also injured in the same blast.

A 75-year-old Hispanic woman, who has not been publicly named, was hurt in another explosion a few hours later.

She is in hospital.

More than 500 federal agents and Austin Police are searching for the culprits.

Before the latest explosion, police said that the bombings were being looked at as possible hate crimes and that the person responsible appeared to be trying to send a message.

SKY        News.

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