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    Sixth Texas parcel bomb leaves U.S. investigators baffled

    Another Unabomber?

    AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - A parcel packed with nails and shrapnel blew up on Tuesday at a FedEx Corp centre near San Antonio, Texas, injuring a worker, before a second booby-trapped package was intercepted in Austin - the latest in a chain of bombings that have killed two people.

    The two FedEx bomb incidents hours apart on Tuesday morning brought to six the number of explosive devices - five of them detonated - that have come under investigation in Texas this month as the work of a suspected serial bomber.
    Baffled investigators have taken the extraordinary step of issuing public appeals through the media asking that whoever is responsible to at least come forward with a demand or an explanation.

    Adding to tensions, police and federal agents said that a third package they described as an “incendiary device” went off Tuesday evening in Austin, the Texas capital, injuring a man there.

    But police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said they had no reason to believe that incident, reported to have occurred at a thrift shop for the charity Goodwill Industries, was related to any of the others or the act of a “copy cat.”

    All but one of incidents have occurred in Austin. The exception came early on Tuesday when a package filled with nails and metal shrapnel exploded at about 12:30 a.m. on a conveyer belt at FedEx distribution centre near San Antonio, knocking a female employee off her feet, officials said.

    The package was being sent from Austin to another address in the city and passed through a sorting facility in the town of Schertz, about 65 miles (105 km) away. Authorities said the worker was treated for her injuries at the scene.


    Later in the morning, authorities were alerted to a suspicious package at a separate FedEx facility in Austin. Police and federal agents called to the scene found the package contained a bomb and it “was disrupted by law enforcement,” according to a joint statement from Austin police, the ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    No injuries were reported, the statement said.

    The three agencies said investigators had determined that the two FedEx bombs “are connected” to the four other bomb blasts that occurred between March 2 and March 18 in Austin, killing two people and injuring four others.

    But ATF and police said the incident Tuesday evening in south Austin “does not appear to be related” to the previous bombings. Local emergency services officials said the victim, a man in his 30, was treated for minor burns and released.

    A FedEx (FDX.N) manager told Reuters the company would begin conducting special safety screenings of packages at its facilities in Schertz and Austin where Tuesday’s incidents occurred.

    Speaking through the media, officials have appealed to the bomber to reveal the motives for the attacks and have asked the public for any tips, offering a $115,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


    “Somebody has to know something,” FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza said. “The person behind these explosives, please, we want to know why.”


    “This is obviously a very, very sick individual, or maybe individuals,” President Donald Trump told reporters. “These are sick people, and we will get to the bottom of it.”


    The four previous explosions killed two people and injured four others, unnerving residents of Austin, a city of some 1 million people. The first bombings occurred as the state capital was hosting the annual South By Southwest music, film and technology festival

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Speaking through the media, officials have appealed to the bomber to reveal the motives for the attacks and have asked the public for any tips, offering a $115,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

    “Somebody has to know something,” FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza said. “The person behind these explosives, please, we want to know why.”
    Of course they'd like his/her motive. makes it easier to find him/her. Hit men don't have a motive which makes them hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Of course they'd like his/her motive. makes it easier to find him/her. Hit men don't have a motive which makes them hard to find.
    What are you on about? Hitmen have a motive, money. The person who hires them also has a motive.

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    Austin bombings: Suspect dead, say US media



    A suspect linked with a series of deadly parcel bombs targeting Austin, Texas, is dead after a major police operation, US media report.


    The suspect was killed after reportedly detonating a device off an interstate highway in the Round Rock area of the state capital, CBS News reports.


    FBI agents are reportedly now carrying out an investigation at the scene.


    The incident follows four bomb attacks in Austin, the state capital, and one in Schertz, 65 miles (104km) south.


    CCTV images of a "person of interest" were earlier shared on US media showing a white male with blond hair carrying a number of large packages.




    The Austin police department is expected to give a media briefing soon.


    Austin has been on edge amid the attacks, which have led to the deployment of hundreds of police officers to the city.


    What do we know about the bombings?



    Authorities have said that a series of blasts that began in Austin in early March - involving package bombs and a tripwire - were all related:



    • 2 March: A device explodes at Anthony Stephan House's home in Austin, killing the 29-year-old man




    • 13 March: Hours later, a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, who has not been named, is injured by another package in the state capital


    • 18 March: A device injures two men who may have set off a tripwire while walking along a street in Austin


    • 20 March: A parcel bomb explodes at a FedEx depot in Schertz, slightly injuring one person. Police said the parcel had been due to be shipped to Austin

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    LIVE COVERAGE: Austin bombing suspect is dead after blowing self up, sources say

    khou.com | LIVE COVERAGE: Austin bombing suspect is dead after blowing self up, sources say

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    POTUS tweets we need to give everyone the right bear bombs

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    Who was Austin bomb suspect Mark Anthony Conditt? 2012 blog reveals views

    Investigators trying to piece together a portrait of accused serial bomber Mark Conditt can rely on his own words including a 25-minute recording that police are treating as a confession and a blog that describes his "conservative" political views on topics from the death penalty to terrorism.


    Police have not released a motive for the string of bombings in Austin, Texasthat Conditt allegedly masterminded before he blew himself up early Wednesday but they called him a "very challenged young man."


    Family and friends said they had no answers.


    "We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in," his family said in a statement.


    Jeremiah Jensen, who was close friends with Conditt in his late teens and was part of the same home-schooling community and church, said he was stunned by the accusations even though he hadn't see the suspect in several years.


    "People have asked me if I saw this coming, or if he exhibited any tendencies that would have made me think that he was capable of something like this, and the answer is no, Jensen told KERA radio on Wednesday.


    But Jensen said Conditt, 23, struggled socially.


    He could kind of come off as kind of dominant and pugnacious in conversation," he said. "However, as he got to know you and as he became more comfortable over the couple of years that I knew him, he started to, he started to soften.


    In the 2012 blog, part of a government class he was taking at Austin Community College, Conditt wrote that he was hoping to hone his debate skills even though he was "not that politically inclined."


    "I view myself as a conservative, but I don't think I have enough information to defend my stance as well as it should be defended," he wrote. "The reasons I am taking this class is because I want to understand the US government, and I hope that it will help me clarify my stance, and then defend it."


    Although the blog, titled "Defending My Stance," was written six years before Conditt detonated a final explosive in his car during a confrontation with police, the op-ed style entries provide a glimpse into his views.


    "Living criminals harm and murder, again executed ones do not," he wrote in a piece in support of the death penalty.


    In a commentary on a deal the government made to release an al Qaeda terrorist, Conditt was dead-set against it. "I think it is just plain dumb to release a terrorist, much less a senior one no matter what he can provide," he wrote.


    On the issue of gay marriage, he wrote, "homosexuality is just not natural." Commenting on free abortions, he wrote: "If a woman does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason."


    But in another post, he suggested eliminating sex offender registries, saying they punished people who had already served their time or were convicted of minor offenses.


    "You have to really hate the guy to make him suffer for the rest of his life," he wrote.


    Conditt took community college classes from 2010 to 2012 while he was being homeschooled, along with his three younger siblings, according to a post on his mother's Facebook page.


    When he "officially graduated" high school, his mother wrote: "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."


    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed that Conditt was unemployed and did not have a criminal record "as best we can tell."


    "We do, I think, have access or will today have access to his social media accounts," Abbott told NBC affiliate KXAN.


    "It probably will not be the same type of situation as we saw in the aftermath of the shooting in Nevada where the person's past history was wiped clean. I think we will be able to piece together the puzzle of who this man was and why he did what he did and that will resolve a lot of the uncertainty that still exists."


    Some of the answers came when police uncovered a recording Conditt made in which he provided details of the six package bombs he used against others and a seventh he used to kill himself. The recording, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said, does not mention hate or terrorism but is "the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life."


    Neighbors said Conditt's family appeared to be stable. His parents were involved in a multilevel marketing business and his father, an electrical engineer, ran an online computer business. Mark Conditt moved out of the family home a couple of years ago and into one a few blocks away that he bought with his father and where lived with roommates.




    "I would describe them as an extremely nice family," neighbor Jeff Reeb said.


    "He seemed like a very normal kid, which is what everybody says or most neighbors say in this type of situation," Reeb said. "But over the years there is nothing I can point to."


    Jensen said the killer being described in news reports was not the same person he knew from his teen years.


    I think that maybe he was lonely when he died," he told KERA news. "And I dont know why he did what he did. I dont know why he succumbed to hatred or the loneliness or the sadness."


    Hes not a psychopath," he added. "Something broke him. Something broke him and I dont know what that was."


    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...2-blog-n858671

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    Religious nutcase.

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    Another right-wing whackjob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    What are you on about? Hitmen have a motive, money. The person who hires them also has a motive.
    Agreed but the money motive won't lead the police anywhere and the person who hires them is disconnected. Haven't you watched any Jason Statham movies like The mechanic?

    My post was before some guy blew himself up and to explain why they want someone to tell them why. If he hadn't blown himself up they would still be in the dark?
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    Home schooled, church member, conservative, thinking of going on a church mission to find himself.......who knew?

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