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Mark Anthony Conditt, the man linked to the deadly bombings that rocked Austin, Texas, and the surrounding areas over the last month included in a 25-minute long “confession” to his crimes, police said late Wednesday.
Officers located the shooting, in which Conditt, 23, described create seven devices, including the one he blew up to kill himself, Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a press conference. The recording was made on a telephone, that was found in the suspect is in possession of the next confrontation with the police.
Conditt described the bombs “with a level of specificity,” including their differences, Manley said.
In the recording, the defendant is not “something about terrorism, nor does he say anything about hatred,” the head of the police said. The message is put in the place of “the outrage of a very challenged young man talking about the problems in his personal life.”
The police said that all seven devices have been found, suggesting that there is no further threat of Conditt to the people in the area.
The community still needs to “remain vigilant,” Manley said, in spite of the described seven explosive devices” is “no longer in the game.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the police handling of the case, say they did everything in their power to find and arrest the “insidious, evil criminal” responsible for the bombings.
“We take away from this the importance of being able to respond quickly, but also lessons learned that horrible, inexplicable bombing actions by a deranged mad can be minimized as a result of the way in which law enforcement is galvanized to ensure that our community safe,” Abbott added.
The string of bombs killed two people and four others are injured in the Texas capital. Conditt blew himself up in a motel parking lot overnight as a SWAT team approached his SUV.
Conditt’s family said in a statement that they “broke and broken by the news of his involvement. In the statement, the family expressed shock and sadness, and offered “prayers for the families who have lost loved ones … and for the soul of our Brand.”
This is a developing story; check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.