Austin Bomb Suspect Blows Himself Up as Swat Team Approaches

Photo: A package BOMB, National Postal Museum

(From NBC News)

The suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized residents of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said.

Authorities had tracked the suspect β€” a 24-year-old white man β€” to a hotel in Round Rock, a city in the Austin metropolitan area, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference.

They tracked his vehicle until he pulled over on Interstate 35 and β€œthe suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one of our SWAT officers back,” Manley said, adding that the office sustained minor injuries.

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