FBI agent says 'stakes went up' with latest Austin bombing

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski, front left, Interim Austin police chief Brian Manley, front center, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, front right, arrive for a news conference near the site of Sunday's explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

An FBI investigator says he hopes the latest bombing in Texas' capital city isn't the bomber's way of reaching out to law enforcement.

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

Christopher Combs, the special agent in charge of the FBI's 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 bomber's 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 that's not good. That why we need to talk to the bomber about what is going on."

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