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Trump blames Texas bombings on 'sick individual'

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Updated March 20, 2018 01:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming a "very sick individual or individuals" for a series of bombings in Austin, Texas.

Trump blames Texas bombings on 'sick individual'

Trump said during an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that the situation is "terrible."

He says, "This is obviously a very sick individual or individuals" and that authorities are "working to get to the bottom of it."

Trump's comments came hours after an early-morning explosion at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio. Authorities say it was a bomb addressed to an Austin home that had been sent from Texas' capital city. Investigators found a second bomb at the facility that hadn't exploded.

Authorities believe the latest parcel bombs are linked to the four bombings this month in Austin that have killed two people and injured four others.

Updated March 20, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

The White House says the federal government is doing "whatever is necessary" to apprehend whomever is responsible for a series of explosions in Austin, Texas.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells Fox News Channel that President Donald Trump is aware of the situation.

Sanders says federal authorities are working closely with local authorities and have offered their full support and cooperation "to make sure we're doing whatever is necessary and whatever is possible" to stop the explosions and find whomever is responsible.

A package bomb that authorities believe is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings exploded early Tuesday inside of a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio. A worker suffered minor injuries.

Four other Austin bombings have killed two people and injured four others since March 2.

By: CBS Austin/ KEYE

The Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS are investigating a suspicious package at a FedEx facility close to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Austin police have deployed a hazardous materials squad to a FedEx shipping facility near the city's airport to investigate reports of a suspicious package.

It isn't known yet if the suspicious package is linked to a bomb that detonated earlier Tuesday at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio or the four bombs that have gone off in Austin this month.

But the Austin Police Department says an investigation is underway.

The package that exploded earlier Tuesday at the FedEx facility in Schertz, about 60 miles southwest of Austin, slightly injured one worker. Authorities believe it is linked to what they say is a serial bomber responsible for the four Austin bombings since March 2.

A tweet from the Austin Fire Department shows a hazardous materials investigation is taking place at a FedEx Ground facility.

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There is no indication at this point that this is related to the package explosion at another FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas that happened early Tuesday morning.

ABIA says on Twitter that the nearby police activity isn't affecting their operations.


This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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