Police ask serial bomber to reach out to them

Another explosion injures two in Austin, Tex.

Hours after the announcement, Austin police confirmed a fourth explosion happened in Southwest Austin that they believe could be connected to the previous three explosions.

The explosion wounded two men, who were described by Manley as 22 and 23 year old Anglo men. A 17-year-old boy was killed and two women were injured in two separate blasts on March 12.

Investigators plan to scan the area for more clues as daylight hits the neighborhood, authorities said.

"Is this terrorism? Is it hate-related?" Each explosion has been carried out by means of a package left on someone's doorstep.

The latest incident significantly expanded the geography of the attacks-from East Austin to Southwest Austin-and suggests, at least in the latest case, a change from specific targets to more random targets, deepening angst for this city of almost one million people.

The blast was caused by a tripwire, which Police Chief Brian Manley said demonstrates a "higher level of sophistication" than previous package bombs.

Now, investigators are trying to determine if the person responsible is linked to the trio of bombings this month that killed two people and wounded two others.

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.

"We now need the community to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device", he said.

It may be related to the three prior explosions, which killed a 39-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy and injured two others, Manley said, but the police chief warned this type of device is even more unsafe. Authorities also noted Monday that the explosive devices are getting more sophisticated.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced more than $265,000 in emergency funding for police to purchase seven portable X-ray systems for use in detecting bombs and investigating suspicious packages.

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The bomb went off on Dawn Song Dr., near Eagle Feather Dr., at about 8:30 p.m. local time Sunday, cops said.

Despite warnings to stay indoors, nearby neighbours milled around just outside the cordon.

Austin police initially thought the explosion on Haverford was an isolated incident.

After sunrise, officers scoured the area for anything suspicious.

The latest explosion came hours after authorities raised the reward by $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the first three explosions.

The total now stands at $115,000 (£82,400).

The PGA's Dell Technologies Match Play tournament is scheduled to begin in Austin on Wednesday, and dozens of the world's top golfers are set to begin arriving.

John Caras lives on Hero Drive, about 2-3 minutes from the scene of the blast that left two people injured Sunday. "So we've definitely seen a change in the method that this suspect is using".

"And what we have seen now is a significant change from what appeared to be three very targeted attacks to what was last night, an attack that would have hit a random victim that happened to walk by", Manley said.

"The device's success, despite significantly different design, further suggests that the bomb maker behind these attacks is an accomplished one, and has likely to have received some training, perhaps as a military or police explosive ordnance disposal technician". At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas' capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonated this month in other parts of the city, killing two people and injuring two others.

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