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Police fear ‘racist’ package bomber is on loose after exploding mail kills two African Americans

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Police fear a racist package bomber could be on the loose after a second African-American person was killed by an exploding package in two weeks.

The 17 year-old boy died after picking up a piece of mail from the front doorstep of his home in Austin, Texas Monday, and bringing it into his kitchen, where it exploded.

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That blast also injured a woman present in the house – and police now say they believe the tragedy is linked to a similar blast that killed Anthony Stephan House in a nearby neighborhood ten days ago.

And bomb disposal experts were called off the scene of Monday’s murder after a third explosion in downtown Austin left a woman in her 70s with life-threatening injuries.

Officials have linked the two fatal bombings, but yet to say whether they believe the third blast could also be the work of the same person.

Authorities are investigating the scene after multiple explosions in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018. Police are responding to another explosion Monday, that badly injured a woman, hours after a package bomb killed a teenager and wounded a woman in a different part of the city. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
FBI officers and police investigate at the scene of Monday’s fatal letter bombing, which officials say is linked to an earlier attack, and could be part of a race hate campaign against African Americans
Austin Fire Department personnel attend the scene of a package explosion in the 6700 block of Galindo Street in east Austin, Texas, U.S. March 12, 2018. Austin Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
The bombing in Austin, Texas, killed a 17 year-old boy who picked the package up from the doorstep and brought it into the kitchen of his home, where he opened it

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley highlighted the victims’ ethnicity and said his force ‘could not rule out hate crimes.’

He added: ‘It is very similar to the incident that occurred in Austin on March 2.

‘We believe these cases are linked at this time.’

Monday’s fatal blast left ‘significant’ damage inside the home of the boy who was killed, with cops now asking neighbors whether they have any surveillance footage which could help ID the perpetrator.

Neighbor Cynthia Burdett told Fox 7 the incident was a ‘total shock’ and ‘very scary.’

She added: ‘I checked my house first of all to make sure nothing was on fire.

'Racist package bomber' feared to have sent exploding mail that killed 2 African Americans
Anthony House was killed by a piece of exploding mail in Austin on March, 2, with police saying Monday they believe the two killings could be linked

‘I did look outside at that point and next thing I knew police were knocking at the door saying that there was a suspicious package, one had exploded and that I needed to leave the house.’

Cynthia added that the victim and his relatives were ‘churchgoing people’ and a ‘very good family.’

The packages are not believed to have been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Police say a device was concealed within, but have refused to comment further on the exact nature of the explosive.

They have warned anyone who receives a package they were not expecting to dial 911.

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