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Austin Bombing Suspect Blows Himself Up as Cops Close In

Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspect in several bombing attacks that brought terror over the past few weeks to Austin, Texas, blew himself up early Wednesday as law enforcement closed in on him, authorities said.

Conditt, a 24-year-old White male, reportedly killed himself with an explosive inside his vehicle, was identified a source with direct involvement in the investigation.

Authorities zeroed in on Conditt in the past 24 to 36 hours, locating his vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the suburb of Round Rock, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said during a news conference.

As authorities moved in, Conditt began to drive away and ran into a ditch on the side of the road, Manley said.

While the manhunt for the serial bomber has ended, investigators are still scrambling to determine if any bombs remain and whether Conditt acted alone.

The first explosion killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House, the second killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and the third critically injured a 75-year-old woman.

In the fourth blast, on March 18, a device was triggered by a tripwire, injuring two White men in an area where most residents are White.

In the last attack before Conditt’s death, a package exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx sorting center near San Antonio. A second unexploded bomb was discovered hours later at another FedEx facility near Austin.

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