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Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, center, stands with other members of law enforcement as he briefs the media, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas. The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the police said early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Feds believe dead suspect built all Austin bombs


ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - A federal agent says it's "hard to say" whether the dead suspect in this month's Austin bombings was acting alone.

Fred Milanowski, agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' Houston Field Division, told reporters Wednesday that investigators believe the dead suspect built all of four of the package bombs that have blown up in Austin since March 2.

Authorities say the 23-year-old suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up in his vehicle overnight as a SWAT team closed in on him in a suburban Austin hotel parking lot.

Milanowski says investigators aren't completely convinced that there aren't other explosive devices "out there," and that they want the public to remain vigilant.

He called the bomb that killed the suspect "a significant explosive device."

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."


This story has been updated to include the suspect's name and correct his age from 24 to 23.

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