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Police Fear More Explosives Remain After Death Of Suspected Austin Package Bomber

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter

Authorities in Austin, Texas, have warned local residents to remain vigilant as the package bomber may have sent out other explosives in the past 24 hours.

“We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left throughout the community,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters Wednesday.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up as police closed in on his vehicle.

Over a period of about three weeks, the deceased suspect allegedly sent packages filled with explosives to various locations in and around Austin, killing two people and injuring several others. The bombs had a similar forensic signature, and each package contained nails and screws as shrapnel.

By late Tuesday, authorities were confident that they had identified the bomber. Using surveillance footage and cell phone triangulation, police tracked the bomber to a hotel. As police surrounded the hotel, the suspect attempted to flee in a vehicle, but he drove into a ditch. As SWAT move in, the suspect detonated a bomb in his car, leading an officer to open fire.

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