By By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took an even more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire.
Police and federal agents said that suggests a “higher level of sophistication” than they have seen before, and means the carnage is now random, rather than directed at someone in particular.
“The game went up a little bit — well, it went up a lot yesterday with the tripwire,” Christopher Combs, FBI agent in charge of the bureau’s San Antonio division, said in an interview.
Two people have now been killed and four wounded in bombings over a span of less than three weeks.
The latest blast happened Sunday night in southwest Austin’s quiet Travis Country neighborhood, injuring two men in their 20s who were walking in the dark. They suffered what police said were significant injuries and remained hospitalized in stable condition.
The three earlier bombings involved parcels that were left on doorsteps and blew up when they were moved or opened.
The tripwire twist heightened the fear around Austin, a town famous for its cool, hipster attitude.
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