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Officers say man blew himself up in Nashville Christmas Day blast

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Officers on Sunday recognized the person they mentioned blew himself up in a leisure automobile in Nashville on Christmas Day, injuring a number of individuals, damaging buildings and scrambling communications.

Tennessee Bureau of investigation director David Rausch informed reporters that authorities had matched the DNA of Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, with the charred human stays discovered within the leisure automobile that detonated in downtown Nashville early on Friday morning.

Earlier than the assault, witnesses heard an announcement coming from a loud speaker within the RV warning {that a} bomb was about to detonate. It then started a 15 minute countdown to the explosion, whereas music, together with the 1964 Petula Clark hit “Downtown”, performed within the background.

That warning gave authorities time to evacuate the realm, stopping any fatalities from the blast. Nonetheless, the assault brought about widespread communications outages in Tennessee in addition to close by Kentucky and Alabama and a number of other accidents.

Whereas authorities have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out a motive, John Cooper, the town’s mayor, informed CBS information on Sunday that he didn’t suppose it was an accident that an AT&T transmission facility had been one of many principal buildings broken within the blast.

“These of us in Nashville realise that on Second Avenue there’s a large AT&T facility and the truck was parked adjoining to this huge, historic AT&T facility,” Mr Cooper mentioned.

“To all of us domestically, it looks like there needs to be some reference to the AT&T facility and the positioning of the bombing. It’s obtained to have one thing to do with the infrastructure.”

Warner had been named as a person-of-interest earlier on Sunday after neighbours reported seeing an RV much like the one which exploded parked in his yard, round 11 miles from the place the explosion happened. The RV was additionally captured parked exterior Warner’s home on Google Maps.

US media reported that in November, Warner, who lived alone, transferred his property to a Los Angeles girl for “$0.”

Neighbours and family of Warner characterised the Tennesseean as a loner and mentioned he had beforehand labored within the alarm safety enterprise.

Police mentioned on Sunday that they didn’t imagine anybody else was concerned within the incident.

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