Serial bomber sought after fresh explosion leaves two hurt in Austin, Texas

A string of bombs going off in Austin Texas has law enforcement pointing to possible hate crimes as police continue

A string of bombs going off in Austin Texas has law enforcement pointing to possible hate crimes as police continue

It was the fourth explosion to rock Austin in less than three weeks.

But Manley said police have been unable to determine a motive for the bombings which have killed two people in the city of almost one million people and injured another four. "And what we have seen now is a significant change from what appeared to be three very targeted attacks to what was last night a target that would have hit a random victim that happened to walk by", Manley said.

Frederick Milanowski, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the latest bomb is "more sophisticated" because it used a tripwire.

The explosion wounded two men, who were described by Manley as 22 and 23 year old Anglo men.

Both men are white, as opposed to the victims of the three prior bombings, who were black or Hispanic.

Trace evidence has helped crack other major cases, such as minuscule amounts of an explosive found inside a radio cassette player in the 1988 Lockerbie, Scotland, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in which 270 people were killed.

"That concern is legitimate and real", Adler said, adding that residents should be reassured by the massive police response to the attacks.

And he urged residents to contact police immediately if they see a suspicious object or any item that looks out of place.

The latest attack happened in the southwestern Austin neighborhood of Travis Country.

Investigators said the fourth bomb had similarities to the three parcel bombs.

Yesterday's bomb may have been activated by a trip wire, a more advanced design that the previous explosions that were set off when victims handled packages that were left on doorsteps.

The two men injured on Sunday are in their 20s and are white.

Authorities have cordoned off the neighborhood where the bomb went off Sunday night and have warned residents to remain indoors while officers check for anything suspicious.

The University of Texas' campus police force is warning students returning from spring break to be aware of the four recent bombings to hit Austin, saying, "We must look out for one another".

Here's everything you need to know about the attacks which have sparked fears a serial bomber is on the loose in Austin, Texas.

"It was so dark they couldn't tell and they tripped", Grote said. Classes were resuming Monday after a week off.

The capital of Texas is on edge again after two more people were injured in another explosion there Sunday night.

The first two bombs killed two black people - a 39-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy - whose relatives knew each other and were prominent members of the city's black community.

The blast was caused by a tripwire, which Police Chief Brian Manley said demonstrates a "higher level of sophistication" than previous package bombs. Later that same morning, a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, still unidentified, was injured when she opened an explosive package that was left at her house in Southeast Austin.

Eliza May said because the first three bombings happening on the east side of the city, in predominantly minority areas, she hadn't been following the news closely. What makes this blast especially terrifying is that it was left on the side of a residential road and may have been triggered by a tripwire, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

He also told people to stay in their homes and avoid touching any suspicious packages, but did not say whether there was any link between the latest blast and the earlier parcel bombs. The four bombings have injured at least four people and killed two people.

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