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The man suspected of detonating a bomb ‘died in an explosion’ that shook the center Nashville on Christmas Day, the federal prosecutor has said.
Anthony Quinn Warner was identified today as the Nashville Bombersaid Don Cochran, US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, during a news conference Sunday night (local time).

“We concluded that an individual named Anthony Warner is the attacker. He was present when the bomb exploded and then he died,” Cochran said.

Police and firefighters respond to an explosion on Christmas morning in Nashville.
Police and firefighters respond to an explosion on Christmas morning in Nashville. (Nashville Fire Department)
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, December 25, 2020. Buildings shook in the immediate area and beyond after a loud roar was heard early in the morning. Christmas (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey) (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

DNA taken from the scene was compared to Warner’s by forensic analysts, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said.

The present day authorities in Tennessee, it closed a highway east of Nashville after stopping a box truck that they said had been playing audio “similar to what was heard” before the RV exploded in downtown Nashville.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office says on Twitter that law enforcement officers had closed a section of the road in Wilson County, east of Nashville, to investigate a white box truck parked on the side of the road.

Authorities had sent a robot to investigate the vehicle while officers stayed behind, monitoring the situation.

Sheriff’s deputies said the truck had been playing audio when it was parked at a convenience store around 10:30 a.m. (local time) at Crossroads Market in Walter Hill.

The driver exited the parking lot and was pulled over by officers in nearby Wilson County.

Authorities said the driver has been detained by police.

A Wilson County dispatcher said the road that was closed was Murfreesboro Road between Cedar Forest Road and Richmond Shop Road.

Agents said they had also evacuated residents in the area as they continued to investigate.

Investigators investigating the Christmas morning explosion in Nashville now believe that the explosion was likely the result of a suicide bombing.
Investigators investigating the Christmas morning explosion in Nashville now believe that the explosion was likely the result of a suicide bombing. (Supplied)

Before the RV exploded, he issued a recorded warning asking people to evacuate, and then the 1964 song “Downtown” by Petula Clark.

Sheriff’s officials did not specify what the truck was playing at.


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