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The Latest: PGA Tour says safety paramount at Austin event

From FOX Sports - March 19, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)The Latest on the bombings in Austin, Texas (all times local):

1 p.m.

The PGA Tour, which is staging the Dell Match Play Championship in west Austin this week, says its security advisers are collaborating closely with law enforcement to try to ensure the safety of players and fans.

The PGA said Monday that it doesnt comment on the specifics of its security measures, but that the safety of players and fans is its top priority.

Austin has been the site of four bombings this month, including one Sunday night that was triggered by a tripwire and seriously injured two men. The first three attacks used package bombs left on peoples doorsteps. They killed two people and injured two others.

Authorities believe the attacks are the work of a serial bomber.

12:40 p.m.

Those who live in the Austin neighborhood where the latest in a string of bombings injured two men are expressing a mix of fear and other emotions, including surprise and confusion.

Laura McGinnis, who lives in the Travis Country neighborhood in southwestern Austin, said Monday that Sunday nights attack is frightening but that it hasnt personally affected her yet. However, she says the bombing and three others elsewhere in the city this month make her wonder why the bomber hasnt been caught.

Adam McGinnis, who also lives in the neighborhood, says he was reading on his back porch Sunday night when he heard what sounded like a large gun blast. He says he figured it must have been a transformer that blew and didnt realize it was a bombing until his wife told him Monday morning.

Authorities say they believe all four blasts are the work of a serial bomber. The attacks have killed two people and injured four others.

12:10 p.m.

An FBI investigator says he hopes the latest bombing in Texas capital city isnt the bombers way of reaching out to law enforcement.

Authorities have been calling on the person or people behind this months string of bombings in Austin to let them know the reasons for the attacks.

Christopher Combs, the special agent in charge of the FBIs San Antonio division, told The Associated Press on Monday that investigators are looking for a dialogue with the bomber. He notes that the stakes went up a lot on Sunday with the bombers use of a tripwire. Two men were seriously injured.

Combs, who is investigating the Austin attacks, says, The bomber has obviously shown us that he has the ability to make more complex devices, to hurt more people, to be more random. And thats not good. That why we need to talk to the bomber about what is going on.

11:45 a.m.

Authorities say the latest bomb to go off in the Texas capital of Austin was anchored to a metal yard sign near a hiking trail and equipped with a fishing line-thin tripwire.

Frederick Milanowski, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said at a news conference Monday that the wire or filament that detonated the bomb Sunday night would have been very difficult to see.

Two men received significant injuries in the blast. Authorities say that although it is different from the three package bombings that killed two people and injured two others elsewhere in the city this month, they believe they are all the work of a serial bomber or bombers.

Milanowski says investigators have received more than 500 leads since the first bombing on March 2 and they are looking at several persons of interest.

11:20 a.m.

Austins police chief says officers have completed a sweep of the neighborhood where the latest in a string of bombings occurred and deemed it safe, but he asked those who live there to remain indoors until 2 p.m.

Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that although officers didnt find anything suspicious while canvassing the southwestern Austin residential neighborhood of Travis Country, investigators are still collecting evidence.

Authorities say that although Sunday nights bombing differed from three earlier this month, they believe they were the work of a serial bomber or bombers. Two men received significant injuries in Sundays attack. It apparently involved a bomb placed alongside a fence and a tripwire that the men triggered while walking their bikes between the fence and a street.

The first three attacks used package bombs left on peoples doorsteps. Those attacks killed two people and injured two others.

11 a.m.

Authorities are urging the public to provide surveillance video that could assist in the investigation into the string of bombings in the Texas capital of Austin.

During a news conference Monday, police Chief Brian Manley asked homeowners and others to forward video to investigators that might offer insight into the bombing Sunday night or three earlier this month.

The latest explosion injured two men in their 20s who were riding or walking their bicycles through a neighborhood in southwestern Austin. The earlier blasts killed two people and injured two others and happened in other parts of the city.

Authorities say the device that detonated Sunday featured a tripwire and was left near a road, while the prior bombings involved packages left on peoples doorsteps.

10:50 a.m.

Austins police chief says the four bombings that have killed two people and injured four others in Texas capital city this month are believed to be the work of a serial bomber.

Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference Monday that Sunday nights explosion that injured two men marks a significant change from the first three because it was triggered by a tripwire that would have hit any random person walking by it. The first three attacks were carried out with package bombs left on peoples doorsteps.

Manley says as investigators search for a pattern in the attacks, they will try to determine if there is a specific ideology motivating them.

The attack Sunday happened in a southwestern Austin residential neighborhood that isnt close to the sites of the first three attacks.

10:25 a.m.

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