A 24 year old suspect in a wave of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself inside his car with an explosive device early Wednesday as SWAT team moved in. In his fifth and last explosion this month, a bomb, set for Austin delivery, detonated at a FedEx facility outside of San Antonio on Tuesday. Since the bombings started on March 2, the bombings killed two people and left the Texas capital terrorized with fear for 19 days.
Authorities in Austin, Texas confirmed a Sunday bomb attack appears to be connected to three earlier bombings, saying they are dealing with a ‘serial bomber.’ The fourth bombing in a month had ‘similarities’ to the previous three but exhibited ‘a change in the method.’ Authorities are searching for a ‘specific ideology’ behind the bombings.
Austin Police announced, Monday, they ‘see similarities’ between three package explosions within ten days, two of which were fatal, and warned residents not to handle any unexpected packages. The first blast occurred March 2nd, while the other two happened hours apart on Monday. Police are exploring the possibility of hate crimes based on victims’ races.
Twin brothers, Christian and Tyler Toro, were charged, Thursday, with attempting to make explosives. Officials said the Toro brothers payed Christian’s former high school students to extract gunpowder from fireworks. Christian resigned from his Harlem teaching post in December after a student called in a bomb threat, sparking further investigation into the brothers.
A package wrapped in Christmas paper and signed from, ‘the American people,’ was addressed to Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, and left at his neighbor’s house, Saturday, causing a bomb scare. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that the box contained horse manure. Robby Strong, the man who sent the package, wrote, in the card, ‘We’re returning the ‘gift’ of the Christmas tax bill.’
In Kabul, Afghanistan, at least 8 civilians were killed and 3 American soldiers were wounded in a suicide bomb attack. It happened on a street corner close to the United States embassy at the center of the Afghan capital. The event took place during morning rush hour, no other people were said to be wounded.