Texas Manhunt Over After Suspect Blows Himself Up

A suspect linked to a series of deadly parcel bombings in Texas has died in an explosion near a highway in the state capital Austin, it has been reported.

U.S. media claim the as-yet-unidentified white male, aged 24, died when he set off a device in his vehicle off an interstate road in the Round Rock area of Austin.

The security forces are now examining the scene.

Austin has seen four parcel bombings; a fifth explosion linked to the case took place in the town of Schertz, over 100 kilometers (62 miles) south.

Between March 2 and March 20, two people were killed and six injured as they either opened the booby-trapped parcels or, in once case, set off a tripwire.

The city has been swamped by police and other branches of the security services in the hunt for the bomber.

Austin Police Department gave a briefing to reporters, as an FBI investigation continues.

No motive for the attacks has yet been identified.