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Friday 20 July 2018

Police in Austin say serial bombing suspect dead

A police chief identified the dead suspect as a 24-year-old white male.

FBI agents meet at the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
FBI agents meet at the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The serial bombing suspect who terrified Texas’ capital city this month is dead, Austin’s police chief said.

Police chief Brian Manley said the suspect set off an explosive device in his vehicle as Swat team members were closing in.

He said one of the SWAT officers also shot at the vehicle.

He identified the suspect only as a 24-year-old white male. He said the suspect’s name will not be released until his next of kin are notified.

Austin has been targeted by four package bombings since March 2 that killed two people and wounded four others.

A fifth parcel bomb detonated at a FedEx distribution centre near San Antonio early Tuesday.

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