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quarta-feira, 21 de março de 2018

THE NEW YORK TIMES-What We Know About the Bombings in Austin

series of explosions over the last three weeks involving package bombs and other explosive and incendiary devices have put residents of Austin, Tex., on edge. In the bombings the police have said are linked, two people have been killed and five others wounded.
Possible linked bombings
 
Unexploded package
 
Unrelated incident
March 2Home1
March 12Home2
Austin
March 18Near sidewalk4
March 12Home3
March 20FedEx center6
March 20Strip mall7
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By The New York Times
Date
Description
7 March 20
Incendiary device at strip mall injures one
6 March 20
Unexploded package bomb found at FedEx center
5 March 20
Package bomb at different FedEx center injures one
4 March 18
Tripwire bomb near sidewalk injures two
3 March 12
Package bomb outside home injures one
2 March 12
Package bomb outside home kills one and injures another
1 March 2
Package bomb on front porch kills one

7 Tuesday: Incendiary Device at Strip Mall

An old military device donated to a Goodwill store went off in an employee’s hands, injuring a man in his 30s and setting off another scare in a city on edge. But the police said that they had “no reason to believe this incident is related to earlier package bombs.”

6 Tuesday: Unexploded
Package Bomb at FedEx Center

A package bomb was discovered at a FedEx facility near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the morning. It was the first time one of the serial bomber’s devices was recovered unexploded.

5 Tuesday: Package
Bomb at FedEx Center

One employee was injured when a package bomb explodedshortly after midnight at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Tex., which is on the outskirts of San Antonio and about 60 miles from Austin.
A law enforcement official said that the package was addressed to Austin and was believed to be connected to the other packages under investigation.
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Outside the FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Tex. Scott Olson/Getty Images

4 Sunday: Tripwire Bomb Near Sidewalk

Two men in their 20s were seriously injured in an explosion of a package bomb that was left on the side of the road. Chief Brian Manley of the Austin Police Department said that the bomb was possibly triggered by tripwire strung across a sidewalk, unlike the three earlier bombings.
“The belief that we are now dealing with someone who’s using tripwires shows a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skill,” Chief Manley said.
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The scene outside the bombing on Sunday night that injured two people.Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press

2 3 March 12: Two
Package Bombs at Homes

A mother was critically injured and her 17-year-old son was killed when she opened a package bomb in her kitchen after bringing it in from the front porch. The explosion occurred at about 6:45 a.m.
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The house where an explosion killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason. Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
At around 11:50 a.m., a 75-year-old Hispanic woman was seriously injured when she picked up a package bomb left outside her house, just a few miles away from the attack earlier that day.
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The site of the explosion. Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

1 March 2: Package Bomb at Home

At about 6:55 a.m. on March 2, Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed after he handled a box left on his front porch.
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Outside the residence of Anthony Stephan House. Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
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The damage at the doorway of the house, partly covered by plywood. Jon Herskovitz/Reuters

Linking the Bombings

The Austin Police Department quickly drew a connectionbetween the first three bombings. “What we have right now are similarities that we believe link the three cases together,” Chief Manley said.
All three episodes involved cardboard packages that were left on doorsteps overnight.
None of the packages were delivered through the Postal Service or any other delivery services.
After the fourth bombing, which involved a tripwire, the Austin police connected it to the first three. “We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point, based on the similarities between now what is the fourth device,” Chief Manley said
The F.B.I. confirmed on Tuesday night that the fifth and sixth bombs, which were located at FedEx facilities, were also connected to the earlier bombs. These packages, however, signaled a change in tactics — instead of being left on doorsteps or triggered by tripwires, they were shipped.
Both packages were mailed from the same FedEx store in Sunset Valley, a small city within Austin. Both packages were being sent to Austin as well.
A statement from FedEx suggested that the packages were sent by the same person.
The package that exploded at the FedEx center outside San Antonio contained shrapnel like the packages that exploded in Austin, a law enforcement official said.
The bombings in Austin have alarmed black leaders because the two people killed were African-American men and the seriously wounded victim was a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.
Anthony Stephan House
 
Draylen William Mason
Source: FBI
The two men killed were members of families with deep roots in the city’s black, religious and civil rights groups.
Law enforcement officials said that they did not have conclusive evidence that race played a role in the bombings, but that they were continuing to explore the possibility.

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