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The FBI is investigating whether the Nashville bomber attempted to target police officers in the blast


The FBI is investigating whether the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville was deliberately aimed at police officers after they were lured into the area prior to the massive explosion.

The explosion, which injured three people and severely damaged downtown, came from a white motor home parked on 2nd Avenue at 6:40 a.m. Friday.

Shortly before the explosion, officials were called to the scene after a shootout was reported. However, they arrived and found the vehicle with an announcement that it would explode in 15 minutes.

An expert now suspects that the creepy shot should bring as many police officers and first aiders as possible to the area to kill or maim them.

"I think it was probably an idea to get first responders," ex-NYPD detective Bill Ryan told Fox News on Saturday.

Ryan was part of an arson and explosion task force and believes an entire group of people may be behind the possible attack on law enforcement.

"You really have to wonder what motivates the bombers – I don't think this was a person, it was probably an organized group of people."

Six police officers were hailed as heroes after the descent and tried to clear out pedestrians and residents before the bomb went off.

The FBI is currently investigating whether the Christmas Day bombings in Nashville were deliberately aimed at police officers. Investigators reportedly found human remains at the site of the explosion. The exploded mobile home is shown

The explosion injured three people and caused massive damage in the city center

The explosion injured three people and caused massive damage in the city center

Meanwhile, Nashville police confirmed late Friday that they were investigating whether human remains had been found at the site of the bomb explosion.

Tissue was discovered at the crime scene, according to CNN, and forensic scientists are now working to determine if it is human.

It is unclear whether anyone was in the RV at the time of the detonation.

The gigantic explosion caused damage to more than 40 buildings. New videos show the widespread impact it caused.

A shocking clip shared on social media shows an apartment building shaking violently during the explosion.

A resident told CNN on Saturday: I've never seen anything like it. It shook everything & # 39;

Meanwhile, other videos widely on social media show people hiding in buildings along 2nd Avenue when police officers warned them that the RV could explode.

A man walked past the motorhome with his dog and heard the warning from the vehicle.

Quick-thinking police officers quickly told him to come back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive.

A man walked past the motorhome with his dog and heard the warning from the vehicle. He can be seen in a downtown lobby shortly before the explosion

A man walked past the motorhome with his dog and heard the warning from the vehicle. He can be seen in a downtown lobby shortly before the explosion

Quick-thinking police officers quickly told him to come back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive.

Quick-thinking police officers quickly told him to come back just before the bomb went off. He told WKRN that it is a "Christmas miracle" that he is still alive.

This was the scene immediately after the Friday morning explosion in downtown Nashville

This was the scene immediately after the Friday morning explosion in downtown Nashville

The area is cordoned off until Saturday morning and there is a heavy police presence in the area.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be "some time" before 2nd Avenue opens as usual.

On Friday evening, he announced a curfew in the vicinity of the bombing site while the investigation continued.

"A curfew will begin on Friday, December 25th at 4:30 pm and will be lifted on Sunday, December 27th at 4:30 pm," he revealed in a tweet.

The explosion blew up windows in at least 41 buildings, according to CNN. A building has now partially collapsed.

The RV was parked in front of an AT&T facility. The explosion caused network outages in the company's telephone and Internet services.

This issue raised security concerns as 911 dispatchers reportedly struggled to locate callers.

USA Today reported on Saturday that failure problems persisted into the evening. It is now believed that they have all been resolved.

The area is cordoned off until Saturday morning and there is a heavy police presence in the area

The area is cordoned off until Saturday morning and there is a heavy police presence in the area

Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be "some time" before 2nd Avenue and the surrounding downtown area open as normal

Nashville Mayor John Cooper says it will be "some time" before 2nd Avenue and the surrounding downtown area open as normal

In the meantime, more information will be obtained about the Hero Police officers who tried to evacuate the area after they arrived to find that the RV is playing a tape that says it was going to explode.

They were named by Metro Police Chief John Drake as Officer Brenna Hosey, Officer James Luellen, Officer Michael Sipos, Officer Amanda Topping, Officer James Wells, and Sergeant Timothy Miller when he praised them for being in danger to to save others.

Officials had responded to reports of gunfire fired 40 minutes before the explosion when they found a motor home outside an AT&T broadcast building playing an announcement with a woman's voice saying it would explode in 15 minutes .

There was no evidence of recordings at the crime scene and it is not known that the noises could have come from the recording of the RV. The police did not reveal who made the first shooting report.

They rushed to get people out of their homes while the threatening, recorded message played over and over with music between countdowns before the van finally exploded around 6:40 a.m.

“Those officers didn't look after themselves,” said Chief Drake. & # 39; You haven't thought about it. They took care of the citizens of Nashville. They went in and we wouldn't be talking about the debris we have here, but about potential people. & # 39;

Despite the devastation of the explosion, only three people were miraculously injured.

You were taken to hospital in non-life threatening conditions.

This is what's left of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville after the Friday morning explosion. The police have not yet identified a suspect

This is what's left of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville after the Friday morning explosion. The police have not yet identified a suspect

An aerial view of the scene in downtown Nashville on Friday morning after an "intentional" explosion came from a parked car

The extent of the rubble was enormous. The whole of 2nd Avenue between the whole of Second Avenue was covered with it

The extent of the rubble was enormous. The whole of 2nd Avenue between the whole of Second Avenue was covered with it

FBI special agent in charge Matt Foster asked the public for information on Friday night.

“The FBI faces this very tragic event on Christmas Day with the City of Nashville today.

& # 39; This is our city too. We live here, we work here. We're doing everything we can to find out who was responsible for what happened here today.

"There are clues that need to be followed up and technical work needs to take place."

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the FBI at www.fbi.gov/nashville or by phone.

On Friday night, CNBC star The Profit Marcus Lemonis offered a $ 250,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrator's arrest and conviction.

Following previous smaller award offers from Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., Clay Travis, presenter of FOX Sports, and Lewis Country Store, the award totaled $ 300,000.

Rescue workers work near an explosion site in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, December 25, 2020

Rescue workers work near an explosion site in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, December 25, 2020

A law enforcement officer walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, December 25, 2020

A law enforcement officer walks past damage from an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, December 25, 2020

A vehicle burns near an explosion site in the Second and Commerce area of ​​Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on December 25, 2020. It is unclear whether or not this was the vehicle that caused the explosion

A vehicle burns near an explosion site in the Second and Commerce area of ​​Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on December 25, 2020. It is unclear whether or not this was the vehicle that caused the explosion