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Few details emerging about Austin bombing suspect

25 March, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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It showed a man in a baseball cap, a blonde wig and pink gloves, bringing two packages into the store. A fifth parcel bomb detonated at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday.

Police said Thursday that the second roommate had also been released. Conditt's bombing campaign in Austin during March killed two people and injured several others. They did not indicate which packages were connected to the Sunset Valley office.

Withers said he was questioned about the bombings but none of his family was notified about where he was.

He says there's also "no reason to believe" this was a copycat incident.

Mr Figueroa said they saw a silver or grey Jeep Cherokee that was pinned between black and white vehicles and "looked like it had been rammed off the road".

After the first package exploded on an Austin doorstep, police assured the public that there was no wider threat, no signs of terrorism. "Attacks like the ones on Charleston, Charlottesville and suburban Washington don't so easily fit into a large-scale conflict, and the motives of the shooters (especially if they are dead) may be more complicated to ascertain".

This undated picture obtained on Facebook on March 21, 2018 shows Mark Anthony Conditt who has been identified by USA media as the man suspected of carrying out a series of deadly parcel bombings in the Texas state capital Austin since March 2.

Although he worked for a time at an area manufacturing company, Gov. Greg Abbott told KXAN-TV in Austin that Conditt apparently was unemployed more recently and had no criminal record.

Police continue to hunt for a motive.

On Sunday, two men - aged 22 and 23 - were injured in a blast triggered by a tripwire.

A man in his thirties was taken to hospital "with potentially serious, not expected to be life threatening, injuries", Austin's medical services agency said on Twitter. He reportedly said little about his victims, but acknowledged that the deaths he'd caused left families without their loved ones.

At the Schertz FedEx facility, a package that was moving along an automated conveyor exploded around 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, Hansen said. It's unclear whether he died as a result of injuries from the explosion or the gunfire.

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

"But the method, the delivery system and the different means that he's having these things in place shows that he's trying to show - if it's the same person on all five of these - a full panoply of different ways of doing this", he added, "and that's frightening".

On Monday, three members of the Congressional Black Caucus called for the bombings to be classified as "ongoing terrorist attacks", and asked officials to determine whether the bombings are "ideologically or racially motivated".

On the same day, another FedEx facility near the city's airport alerted police about a suspicious package, which was later confirmed to have contained an explosive device.

"I have no idea [why he did this]", the unidentified aunt said.

"These happening so quickly, I think he has someone that's helping him very much like the DC Sniper case", Tarango said.

Fred Milanowski, of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said investigators were confident that "the same person built each one of these devices".

The suspect ran into a ditch on the side of the road and a bomb went off inside his auto as SWAT officers approached the vehicle.

The Austin bombing suspect threatened to blow himself up in a McDonald's and was unrepentant over the fatal attacks that terrorised the Texan capital, according to reports of a video "confession" obtained by police.

How are they examining the evidence?

Authorities identified the suspect only as a 24-year-old white man and would not say if he was from Austin.

"We are sleeping with all the lights on", she said.

"They're looking at the devices, they're comparing them, looking for similarities", he said.

In the past 24 to 36 hours, authorities received information that led them to a person of interest, who later became a suspect.



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