Package bombings in Texas

A man suspected of carrying out a series of parcel bombings in the Texas capital Austin blew himself up Wednesday as police closed in, easing tensions in a city that had been on edge for weeks.

Police said they surrounded Mark Conditt outside a hotel in the suburbs of Austin, where a series of bombings that began on March 2 killed two people and injured several others.

The suspect detonated a device in his car and later died, Austin police chief Brian Manley said, bringing a dramatic end to the massive manhunt involving hundreds of federal agents and local police. (AFP)

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<p>Law enforcement personnel investigate the scene where the Texas bombing suspect blew himself up on the side of a highway north of Austin in Round Rock, Texas, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters) </p>
Package bombings in Texas

Law enforcement personnel investigate the scene where the Texas bombing suspect blew himself up on the side of a highway north of Austin in Round Rock, Texas, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters)

<p>This undated photo from a Facebook posting shows Mark Anthony Conditt. The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday, March 21, 2018, as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a manhunt. (Photo: Facebook via AP) </p>
Package bombings in Texas

This undated photo from a Facebook posting shows Mark Anthony Conditt. The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday, March 21, 2018, as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a manhunt. (Photo: Facebook via AP)

<p>The vehicle that the Austin package bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt, was driving when he blew himself up is towed from the crime scene along Interstate 35 in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) </p>
Package bombings in Texas

The vehicle that the Austin package bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt, was driving when he blew himself up is towed from the crime scene along Interstate 35 in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

<p>Members of the media gather around the suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, parents house on March 21, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas. (Photo: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) </p>
Package bombings in Texas

Members of the media gather around the suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, parents house on March 21, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas. (Photo: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

<p>Officials investigate the scene where a suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Package bombings in Texas

Officials investigate the scene where a suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Law enforcement search the home of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt on March 21, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas. (Photo: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) </p>
Package bombings in Texas

Law enforcement search the home of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt on March 21, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas. (Photo: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

<p>Officials work at the scene where 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, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Officials work at the scene where 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, March 21, 2018. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Law enforcement officials investigate at the location where the suspected package bomber was killed in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. The 24-year-old suspect blew himself up inside his car as police approached the vehicle.(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Law enforcement officials investigate at the location where the suspected package bomber was killed in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. The 24-year-old suspect blew himself up inside his car as police approached the vehicle.(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

<p>Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, right, prepares to brief the media, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, right, prepares to brief the media, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Texas troopers help redirect traffic near the site of another explosion, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Texas troopers help redirect traffic near the site of another explosion, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Law enforcement personnel are seen outside a FedEx Store which was closed for investigation, in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Law enforcement personnel are seen outside a FedEx Store which was closed for investigation, in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

<p>Caity Colvard gets emotional as she watches a massive response of law enforcement officers at a bomb explosion site at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday March 20, 2018. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Caity Colvard gets emotional as she watches a massive response of law enforcement officers at a bomb explosion site at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday March 20, 2018. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Law enforcement personnel are seen gathering evidence outside a FedEx Store which was closed for investigation, in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Law enforcement personnel are seen gathering evidence outside a FedEx Store which was closed for investigation, in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

<p>Damage from a bomb blast that killed a man earlier in the month is pictured at the front porch of a home on Haverford Drive in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Damage from a bomb blast that killed a man earlier in the month is pictured at the front porch of a home on Haverford Drive in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters)

<p>An Austin police officer secures the scene near another explosion in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Emergency teams were responding to another reported explosion in Texas’ capital, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

An Austin police officer secures the scene near another explosion in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Emergency teams were responding to another reported explosion in Texas’ capital, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Austin assistant police chief Ely Reyes addresses the media regarding an incident that law enforcement personnel said involved an incendiary device in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Austin assistant police chief Ely Reyes addresses the media regarding an incident that law enforcement personnel said involved an incendiary device in the 9800 block of Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters)

<p>A police crime scene tape blocks off a FedEx store which is closed, with police saying it may be linked to the overnight bomb at Schertz, Texas FedEx facility, in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Jon Herskovitz/Reuters) </p>
Package bombings in Texas: photos

A police crime scene tape blocks off a FedEx store which is closed, with police saying it may be linked to the overnight bomb at Schertz, Texas FedEx facility, in Austin, Texas, March 20, 2018. (Photo: Jon Herskovitz/Reuters)

<p>An employee wrapped in a blanket talks to a police officer after she was evacuated at a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

An employee wrapped in a blanket talks to a police officer after she was evacuated at a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>A police officer stops a vehicle at a check point in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Package bombings in Texas: photos

A police officer stops a vehicle at a check point in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>An ATF vehicle sits in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Package bombings in Texas: photos

An ATF vehicle sits in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>An FBI agent leaves the crime scene on Republic of Texas Boulevard following an explosion in Austin, Texas, March 19, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

An FBI agent leaves the crime scene on Republic of Texas Boulevard following an explosion in Austin, Texas, March 19, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

<p>FBI agents walk towards a crime scene on Mission Oaks Boulevard following an explosion in Austin, Texas, March 19, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

FBI agents walk towards a crime scene on Mission Oaks Boulevard following an explosion in Austin, Texas, March 19, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

<p>The scene near Galindo Street in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2018 where a woman in her 70s was injured in an explosion. The incident was the second reported explosion on Monday and the third in two weeks. (Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

The scene near Galindo Street in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2018 where a woman in her 70s was injured in an explosion. The incident was the second reported explosion on Monday and the third in two weeks. (Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An Austin police officer raises a barrier near the site of Sunday’s explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

An Austin police officer raises a barrier near the site of Sunday’s explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Investigators on Monday March 19, 2018, work at the scene of a bomb explosion on Dawn Song Drive in Austin, Texas, that seriously injured two men Sunday. Two people have now been killed and four wounded in bombings over a span of less than three weeks. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Investigators on Monday March 19, 2018, work at the scene of a bomb explosion on Dawn Song Drive in Austin, Texas, that seriously injured two men Sunday. Two people have now been killed and four wounded in bombings over a span of less than three weeks. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Federal investigators work near the site of Sunday’s explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
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Federal investigators work near the site of Sunday’s explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>Police maintain a cordon near the site of an incident reported as an explosion in southwest Austin, Texas, March 18, 2018. (Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Police maintain a cordon near the site of an incident reported as an explosion in southwest Austin, Texas, March 18, 2018. (Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Reuters)

<p>FBI agents meet at the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, March 18, 2018. At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonated this month in other parts of the city, killing two people and injuring two others. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

FBI agents meet at the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, March 18, 2018. At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonated this month in other parts of the city, killing two people and injuring two others. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Interim Austin police Chief Brian Manley, center, talks to the media after an explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Interim Austin police Chief Brian Manley, center, talks to the media after an explosion, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

<p>FBI agents work the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, March 18, 2018. At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonated this month in other parts of the city, killing two people and injuring two others. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

FBI agents work the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, March 18, 2018. At least a few people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital late Sunday, after three package bombs detonated this month in other parts of the city, killing two people and injuring two others. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>A bomb detecting unit walks along a street near the scene of an explosion, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

A bomb detecting unit walks along a street near the scene of an explosion, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Authorities are investigating the scene in East Austin, Texas, after a teenager was killed and a woman was injured in the second Austin package explosion in the past two weeks Monday, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Authorities are investigating the scene in East Austin, Texas, after a teenager was killed and a woman was injured in the second Austin package explosion in the past two weeks Monday, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>The doorway of a home that was hit with a fatal parcel bomb on March 2, 2018 is seen boarded-up in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Jon Herskovitz/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

The doorway of a home that was hit with a fatal parcel bomb on March 2, 2018 is seen boarded-up in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Jon Herskovitz/Reuters)

<p>A police officer guards the scene of an explosion on Galindo Street in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

A police officer guards the scene of an explosion on Galindo Street in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

<p>Authorities work on the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Authorities work on the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>Isaac Machado hides behind his hat against his mother Delores just outside the scene of an explosion on Galindo Street in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Isaac Machado hides behind his hat against his mother Delores just outside the scene of an explosion on Galindo Street in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

<p>Police and FBI officers guards the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters) </p>
Deadly Texas package bombings

Police and FBI officers guards the scene of an explosion in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2018. (Photo: Sergio Flores/Reuters)

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