Ns News Online Desk: The camper van blast in Nashville on Christmas Day was probably a suicide bombing, law enforcement officials are quoted as saying by US media. Investigators are conducting DNA tests after human remains were found near the site of the powerful blast.
The home of a possible person of interest was searched on Saturday in Nashville’s suburb of Antioch. The blast injured three people and disrupted communications systems in Tennessee and four other states.
No motive has yet been established for the explosion in the state of Tennessee, and no-one has yet said they were behind it.
Meanwhile, businesses and TV personalities have offered more than $300,000 (£224,000) to catch those responsible.What are the latest developments?
Investigators now believe that the blast was likely the result of a suicide bombing, according to two law enforcement sources cited by CNN.Newsweek reports that the investigators are trying to find the suspect’s mother to conduct DNA tests.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas Korneski earlier said officials had received about 500 tips possibly relating to the explosion. After visiting the site, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said it was a “miracle” that no-one had been killed.
He said he had asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration for his state to aid relief efforts.
What happened in Nashville?
Officers responded to reports of gunshots just before 06:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on 25 December in an area of the city known for its restaurants and nightlife. Shortly afterwards, they found a camper van broadcasting a warning message to leave the area. The van exploded a few minutes later, the force of the blast knocking an officer off their feet, police said.
Police have released this image of the van – described by Nashville police as a recreational vehicle (RV) – arriving at the scene early on Friday.