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Police are investigating the fourth bombing this year

Federal investigators work near the site of Sunday's explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Multiple people were injured in the explosion Sunday night, and police warned nearby residents to remain indoors overnight as investigators looked for possible links to other package bombings elsewhere in the city this month. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Federal investigators work near the site of Sunday's explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Multiple people were injured in the explosion Sunday night, and police warned nearby residents to remain indoors overnight as investigators looked for possible links to other package bombings elsewhere in the city this month. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Federal investigators are looking into a series of bombs that have rocked Austin in recent months. Authorities now believe they're dealing with a serial bomber. From CNN:

Austin police just confirmed what residents have feared for weeks -- a suspected serial bomber is attacking their city.

For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on Austin residents. What makes Sunday night's blast especially terrifying is that the device was left on the side of a residential road and triggered by a tripwire, police said Monday.

Investigators have found similarities between that device and three previous bombs, which were stuffed inside packages and left on residents' doorsteps, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

"We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point," he said.

The incidents conjure memories of Ted Kaczynski who mailed a series of bombs in the late 80s and into the 90s. Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, is currently serving eight life sentences in a federal prison. 

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Hundreds of supporters and workers of the oil and gas field are bussed into the Capitol to lobby against HB 1054 before the House of Representatives special session on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. JESSIE WARDARSKI/ Tulsa World
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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