Another explosion injures 2 in Austin, Texas; cause unclear

AUSTIN, Texas – Two people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital Sunday night, after a three-package bombs exploded earlier this month in other parts of the city and two people killed and two others injured.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Services reported that an explosion in the southwest of Austin and injured two men in their 20s who were admitted to the hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening.

There was no immediate word on what caused the explosion or if it is related to the previous one. That explosion began when a package bomb exploded at an east Austin house on March 2, killing a 39-year-old man.

Two package bombs then exploded March 12, the killing of a 17-year-old, injuring his mother and injuring a 75-year-old woman.

Sunday’s explosion occurred far from the first three blasts, which happened in a separate, suburban areas in the eastern part of the city.

The police blocked the entrances to the neighborhood where Sunday’s explosion occurred, and yellow tape is about a half mile from the house where it happened. She urged the people in the neighborhood to remain in their homes.

Despite that order, neighbors milled around just outside the band, but they said that they had not seen or heard much. FBI agents were conducting interviews with a number of them.

The latest explosion came hours after the authorities increased the reward to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the first three explosions. It now amounts to $115,000.

Austin police chief Brian Manley has said that the earlier three bombings are related, and can be crimes of hate, but that investigators have not ruled out a possible motive, or a clear idea of what the ideology behind this.”

Manley said more than 500 officials, including agents from the FBI and other federal agencies, have conducted 236 interviews in the follow-up on 435.

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