Austin bomber named as Mark Anthony Conditt, 24

The Austin bomber has today been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt.

The 24-year-old was killed close to a hotel where he was tracked to by police in the Texas city.

Photos on Conditt’s mother Danene’s Facebook account show an unassuming young man who was homeschooled.

Writing in 2013, Danene said: ‘I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday.

‘1 down, 3 to go. He has 30 hrs of college credit too, but he’s thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip.

‘Thanks to everyone for your support over the years.’

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Another photo appears to show Mark on a snowboarding holiday over the 2013 Christmas Holidays.

Meanwhile, it emerged Wednesday afternoon that FBI investigators are also questioning Conditt’s former roommates at a house in Pflugerville.

They are said to be cooperating and are not considered suspects.

Conditt later graduated from Austin Community College, according to TMZ.

He then worked as a computer repair technician as well as a buyer for Crux Manufacturing in Austin, which builds metal products – including robots.

Conditt was killed after being followed for a short distance by Swat teams who approached him.

He then set off another bomb killing himself and injuring a police officer near to him.

Moments before his death, the FBI issued pictures of a man believed to be a suspect dropping a package off at a FedEx facility.

He was white and was believed to be wearing a wig as he left the parcel, suspected to contain a bomb.

Investigators have been pursuing a suspected serial bomber in Austin since the first explosion on March 2.

A 39-year old man was killed. A 17-year-old boy was killed and two women were injured in two separate blasts on March 12.

On Sunday, two men – ages 22 and 23 – were injured in a blast trigged by a tripwire. A worker at a FedEx distribution center was treated and released Tuesday morning after reporting ringing in her ears.

A Reddit user purporting to be the Austin bomber claimed responsibility on the website.

He wrote: ‘My intention is not to kill people. I am doing this simply because I want to watch the world burn.’

The account, under the username ‘austinbomber’ has now been suspended.

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A FedEx worker was injured in a blast that came less than two days after another bombing wounded two men on Sunday night in a quiet Austin neighbourhood.

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It was triggered by a nearly invisible tripwire, suggesting a ‘higher level of sophistication’ than agents saw in three package bombs left on doorsteps, according to Fred Milanowski, agent in charge of the Houston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Authorities have not identified the two men who were hurt on Sunday, saying only that they are in their 20s and white.

But William Grote told the Associated Press that his grandson was one of them and that he had what appeared to be nails embedded in his knees.

Police described the men’s injuries as significant and both remain in hospital in a stable condition. Mr Grote said his grandson was in a lot of pain.

On the night of the bombing, one of the victims was riding a bike in the street and the other was on a pavement when they crossed a tripwire that he said knocked ‘them both off their feet’.

‘It was so dark they couldn’t tell, and they tripped,’ he said. ‘They didn’t see it. It was a wire. And it blew up.’

Mr Grote said his son, who lives about 100 yards from the blast, heard the explosion and raced outside to find both of the young men bleeding profusely.

The presence of a tripwire was a departure from the first three bombings, which involved parcels left on doorsteps that detonated when moved or opened.

The tripwire heightened fears around Austin, a town famous for its cool, hipster attitude.

‘It’s creepy,’ said Erin Mays, 33. ‘I’m not a scared person, but this feels very next-door-neighbour kind of stuff.’

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Authorities repeated prior warnings about not touching unexpected packages and issued new ones to be wary of any stray objects left in public, especially ones with protruding wires.

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‘We’re very concerned that with tripwires, a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something,’ Christopher Combs, the FBI agent in charge of the bureau’s San Antonio division, said in an interview.

Police originally pointed to possible hate crimes but the victims have now been black, Hispanic and white and from different parts of the city.

Local and state police and hundreds of federal agents are investigating. The reward for information leading to an arrest has climbed to 115,000 dollars (£82,000).

‘We are clearly dealing with what we believe to be a serial bomber at this point,’ Austin police chief Brian Manley said, citing similarities among the four bombs.

While the first three bombings all occurred east of Interstate 35, a section of town that tends to be more heavily minority and less affluent, Sunday’s was west of the motorway.

The differences in location, the lack of a motive and other unknowns make it harder to draw conclusions about any possible pattern.

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