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Suspected Austin Bomber Mark Anthony Conditt Dead After Blowing Self Up

Suspected Austin Bomber Mark Anthony Conditt Dead After Blowing Self Up

New information continues to trickle in just hours after 24-year old Mark Anthony Conditt died during a dramatic confrontation with local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; shedding new light on the suspected serial bomber who terrorized central Texas for almost four weeks.

The motive for the attacks has not yet been identified.

Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that investigators zeroed in on the suspect and located his vehicle in a suburban Austin hotel. Authorities followed the vehicle, which ran into a ditch on the side of the road, he said.

Police said they surveilled the suspect in his vehicle Wednesday while awaiting a SWAT team. The blast from the detonation "knocked one officer back", slightly injuring him, said Chief Manley. The company said it provided authorities with "extensive evidence" from its security system on the packages and the person who shipped them.

Conditt had amassed 30 hours of college credit when he received his high school diploma, having been home-schooled with his three siblings, his mother wrote on Facebook. Little information about the suspect is available at this point, but according to social media posts, Conditt was the eldest of three siblings and lived in Pflugerville, Texas, a community near Austin.

In the blog's biography, he described himself as a conservative who enjoyed cycling, parkour, tennis, reading and listening to music.

In another post Conditt argued in favour of "doing away with sex offender registration".

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales told The Associated Press that the bomber lived in his city, two blocks from his house.

Mr Schulze described the home over which the drones were flying as "a weird house with a lot of people coming and going" and a bit rundown.

Jeff Reeb, a neighbor of Conditt's parents, said he never suspected that Conditt was capable of such terror.

Conditt lived with two roommates in Pflugerville.

Using surveillance video from a FedEx store in south Austin, investigators keyed in on Conditt, who they tracked to a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, about 15 miles northeast of the Texas capital.

An unemployed man suspected of a three-week bombing campaign in Texas that killed two people and injured five others has died after detonating a device in his auto on the side of a highway. Even if the bomber acted alone, police warned residents Wednesday to remain vigilant in case he left behind more packages.

"What we do know is we believe the same person built each one of these devices", said Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Houston division of the ATF.

Asked if the suspect built bombs prior to the start of the spree in Austin, Milanowski responded: "We know when he bought some of the components. It's hard to say whether he was building along the way".

Mark Anthony Conditt has been identified as the suspect in the Austin serial bombings, according to a source with direct involvement in the investigation.

Isaac Figueroa, 26, said he and his brother heard sirens and helicopters early on Wednesday in the area and drove towards them, then cut through nearby woods on foot after they hit a police roadblock.

He said he saw police deploy a robot to go to examine the Jeep.

The first three devices were parcel bombs dropped off in front of homes in the Austin area. One worker reported ringing in her ears and was treated at the scene.

Later in the morning, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside Austin airport to check on a suspicious package.

Authorities are confirming that the person believed to be responsible for a string of package bombings in Texas is dead. It was triggered by a almost invisible tripwire, suggesting a "higher level of sophistication" than agents saw in three package bombs previously left on doorsteps, according to Fred Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Houston division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was triggered by a almost invisible tripwire, suggesting a "higher level of sophistication" than agents saw in three package bombs previously left on doorsteps, Milanowski said.


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