“All buildings in this area must be evacuated now,” a voice could be heard in the video. “If you can hear this message, evacuate now,” the warning continued, before the blast occurred.
Those who planned the Attack gave Warning
Communications were Severely Impacted
Widespread communications outages continued to plague large swaths of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama after #Nashville #Christmas #bombing https://t.co/SCL6QbXWEK via @Yahoo #nashvilleexplosion #nashvillebombing
— Melissa Stewart (@MelissaOnline) December 26, 2020
Politico has reported that the an AT&T central office exchange was damaged in the attack along with the network equipment inside. This caused outages across central Tennessee and several police agencies lost 911 service. Flights from Nashville were also grounded.
“We do not know if that was a coincidence, or if that was the intention,” police spokesman Don Aaron said. He said earlier that some people were taken to the department’s central precinct for questioning but declined to give details.
BREAKING: This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area or do you have information about it? Please contact us via Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online via https://t.co/dVGS7o0m4v. @ATFHQ pic.twitter.com/JNx9sDinAH
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
The Epoch Times spoke to FBI spokesman Joel Siskovic, who indicated The bureau will be taking the lead in the investigation. “Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were also on the scene. The FBI is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for investigating federal crimes, such as explosives violations and acts of terrorism.”
President Trump’s Deputy Assistant Judd Deere tweeted that President Trump “has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”
Coincidences or Connections?
Between the audible warnings broadcast prior to the blast, the potentially coincidental impact on the communications infrastructure and grounding of aircraft in the area one could assign a military character to this attack but that could be premature. It is however, undeniable that Tennessee is along the “battle-lines” so to speak in the current extremely high tensions.