Trump Calls Texas Bomber a ‘Very Sick’ Person, Promises to Get ‘to the Bottom of It’

By Ivan Pentchoukov

President Donald Trump called the person behind a string of deadly bombings in Texas “very sick” in comments made at the White House on Tuesday, March 20.

The president’s remarks come on the heels of the latest package explosion this morning at a FedEx distribution facility in San Antonio, Texas. Another FedEx facility was being probed after a report of a suspicious package.

The FBI said that the five package bombings in Texas this month are linked. The bombs have killed two people and injured several others in Austin.

A FedEx truck is held from entering the scene of a blast at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas on March 20, 2018. (Sergio Flores/Reuters)

“The bombings in Austin are terrible,” Trump said. “Local, state, federal are working hand-in-hand to get to the bottom of it. This is obviously a very, very sick individual — and maybe individuals. These are sick people, and we will get to the bottom of it.”

The blast at the FedEx facility in Schertz was the fifth in the state in the last 18 days.

Police discovered another package at the same location that they believe is also loaded with an explosive device, San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus told reporters.

Law enforcement personnel attend the scene of a blast at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, on March 20, 2018. (Sergio Flores/Reuters)

“There was one other package that we believe was also loaded with an explosive device that they are looking at right now,” McManus told reporters in Schertz, which is about 20 miles northeast of San Antonio.

The blast knocked a female employee off her feet and may have caused a concussion, McManus said. Federal officials on the scene said the employee had ringing in her ears and was treated and released.

The package, filled with nails and metal shrapnel, exploded shortly after midnight local time at the facility, about 65 miles south of Austin, the San Antonio Fire Department said on Twitter.

Members of the media move cameras around before the start of a news conference outside the scene of a blast at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, on March 20, 2018. (Sergio Flores/Reuters)

The company described it as a FedEx Ground sorting facility. About 75 people were working at the facility at the time, fire officials said.

The individual or people behind the bombings are likely to be highly skilled and methodical, said Fred Burton, chief security officer for Stratfor, a private intelligence and security consulting firm based in Austin.

“This is a race against time to find him before he bombs again,” Burton said.

The bombings in Austin did not appear to be linked to terrorism, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 

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