[CBC뉴스] 25일 아침(현지시각) 미국 테네시주의 네슈빌에서 차량 폭발 사고가 발생했다.
로이터에 따르면 폭발된 차량은 RV차량으로 폭발전 “메시지가 들리면 대피해야된다.”는 경고 메시지가 큰 소리로 흘러 나왔다고 한다.
내슈빌 소방당국은 이 폭발로 3명이 경미한 부상을 입었다고 밝혔다.
앤드류 맥케이브 전 FBI 부국장은 CNN과의 인터뷰에서 “이 정도 규모의 폭발은 국내든 국제든 테러 행위일 가능성이 있는 것으로 보고 조사할 것”이라고 말했다.
경찰은 차량 내부에 사람이 있는지 여부도 불분명하고 범행 동기도 불분명하다고 말했다. 맥케이브는 경찰이 폭발 전에 현장에 출동한 것을 감안하면 경찰이 목표였을 수도 있다고 덧붙였다.
An explosion in downtown Nashville at dawn on Christmas Day (December 25) ravaged the heart of the city, considered the capital of U.S. country music, and lightly injured three people in what police described as an "intentional act.
Images from the scene show that the blast destroyed several other vehicles and severely damaged several buildings, launching black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.
Fire officials said three people suffered minor injuries.
Minutes before the explosion, a recording from a recreational vehicle emitted a chilling warning.
"This area must be evacuated now. This area must be evacuated now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now" went the recording for several minutes, broadcast later on NewsChannel5, Nashville.
Police described the vehicle, parked in the heart of Tennessee's capital city at 6 a.m. CST (1200 GMT) on Friday, as an RV, a recreational vehicle of a type that could range from a motor home to a camper trailer.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the announcement warned the "bomb would explode in 15 minutes."
About the same time, police received an emergency call of "shots fired" in the downtown tourist area, said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. After arriving, they called in the bomb squad, which was on its way when the explosion occurred.
Police said it was unclear if anyone was inside the vehicle and the motive was unclear. Andrew McCabe, a former deputy FBI director, told CNN an explosion of this size would be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, whether domestic or international, and said police may have been the target of the explosions given they were called to the scene before the blast.
Most of the buildings on the tree-lined street with shops and offices were closed given the hour and Christmas holiday.
Moments before the blast, police officers went door-to-door in nearby buildings to hustle residents to safety and motioned a man walking his dog near the vehicle to change direction.
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