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Texas bishops urge prayers, vigilance in wake of bombings

As police investigated a series of package explosions in central Texas that killed two people and injured four others, two of the state’s bishops said their thoughts and prayers were with the victims and families and friends of those victimised by the explosions.

“These appalling attacks have killed and injured innocent people, young adults, and children who were in their homes, cycling on the street, and working at their jobs,” Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin said.

The manhunt for the suspected bomber ended early on 21st March when he detonated a bomb in a vehicle as police closed in, authorities said.

Police sources identified the suspect as Mark A. Conditt, 24, of Pflugerville, an Austin suburb, the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV reported.

Law enforcement officials released no information on what led them to the suspect.

National experts had descended upon on Austin, joining local law enforcement in a race to solve a mystery that rocked the Texas capital since the bombings began on 2nd March.

Picture: FBI agents are seen carrying items out in paper bags and boxes on 20th March from a FedEx store in Austin, Texas, after a fifth bombing. (CNS photo/Thao Nguyen, EPA).