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Bombing suspect identified, officers surround home where he may have lived

Authorities search home of Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt in Pflugerville. (SBG San Antonio)

9:45 a.m. UPDATE (via The Associated Press)

The mayor of the suspected Austin bomber's hometown says the suspect lived only two blocks away from him in a part of the city known as Old Town.

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales told The Associated Press on Wednesday that police had surveillance on the home overnight Tuesday, though he said he didn't personally know the family.

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Gonzales says he had concerned neighbors approaching him because of the large police presence in the neighborhood. He says he let them know everything would be OK.

Authorities say the suspect blew himself up overnight in his vehicle in a hotel parking lot in another suburb as a SWAT team closed in on him.

A law enforcement official has told the AP that the suspect was Mark Anthony Conditt. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Investigators believe Conditt made all of the bombs used in the four Austin attacks, which killed two people and injured four others.

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UPDATE FROM AP: A law enforcement official has told The Associated Press that the dead Austin bombing suspect was Mark Anthony Conditt.

The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to discuss the case publicly.

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales told the AP that the bombing suspect lived in his city, which is a suburb of Austin not far from the site of the first of four bombings.

Authorities earlier described the suspect only as a 24-year-old white man.

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Authorities in Pflugerville surrounded a house where it's believed the serial bombing suspect lived. Live coverage of the scene showed several DPS Troopers blocking 2nd street.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., NBC News also identified the suspect as Mark Anthony Conditt.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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