Austin, TX: Someone ‘delivering’ exploding package bombs; 3rd in 2 weeks; 2 dead

Austin, TX: Someone ‘delivering’ exploding package bombs; 3rd in 2 weeks; 2 dead
Processing a scene in Austin. (Image: Screen grab of Austin Statesman video)

[Ed. – Apparently there have been even more reports of suspicious packages around the city. The three incidents are just the ones that have resulted in injury or death. Police say they believe the incidents are all related, but they have no real leads at the moment.]

A 75-year-old woman was injured after picking up an exploding package outside her Southeast Austin home on Monday in the second blast reported in the city and the third similar incident in two weeks, Austin police said.

Interim Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed that evidence suggested that this bombing was related to two previous blasts from “box-type deliveries” that killed a teenager earlier in the day and a 39-year-old man 10 days ago.

Manley warned the public about receiving unexpected or suspicious-looking deliveries in an “average-size delivery box,” but declined to offer more specifics about the packages to protect the integrity of the investigation. …

Austin police said “suspicious package” calls spiked drastically Monday.

At 3 p.m., Austin police said they had received 34 “suspicious package” calls since 8:12 a.m. In comparison, last Monday, Austin police received two of those calls.

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