Nashville bomber who was killed in Christmas Day blast named by police

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Police have named a 63-year-old man as the Nashville bombing suspect, days after the explosion on Christmas Day morning damaged more than 40 businesses.

Anthony Q Warner, who was killed in the blast, lived in nearby Antioch.

His property was searched by federal agents on Saturday, and FBI forensic experts matched DNA samples recovered from the scene to that of Warner.

"We've come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber and he was present when the bomb went off and that he perished in the bombing," Donald Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said.

However, it's too early in the investigation to discuss the suspect's motives behind the explosion, officials say.

Warner's motor home, which was parked on a downtown street of Tennessee's largest city, exploded at dawn on Friday, just moments after police were responding to reports of gunfire noticed it.

They heard music and an automated message emanating from the vehicle warning of a bomb.

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The blast, in the heart of America's country music capital, injured three people and damaged businesses.

An AT&T switching centre was also affected, and disrupted mobile, internet and TV services across central Tennessee and parts of four other states.

Investigators searched Warner's home on Saturday and visited a Nashville real estate agency where he had worked on computers.

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The owner of Fridrich & Clark Realty, Steve Fridrich, told the Tennessean newspaper that Warner had provided computer consulting services for a number of years, and this month the 63-year-old told the company in an email he'd no longer be working for them.

He gave no reason, according to Fridrich.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" program on Sunday that local officials felt there had to be some connection between the bombing and the AT&T Inc building.

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Damage to the switching center was so extensive that AT&T teams had to drill access holes into the wreckage to connect generators to critical equipment, as well as pump three feet of water from the basement.

The company said in a statement on Sunday that it made "significant progress" overnight and had restored power to four floors of the building.

At a news conference on Sunday, five Nashville police officers who were on the scene early on Friday recalled the dramatic moments ahead of the explosion, as they scrambled to evacuate homes and buildings and called for a bomb squad, which was en route when the motor home blew up.

"I was thrown forward, knocked to the ground," officer Brenna Hosey told reporters about the moment of the explosion.

"But I was able to catch myself, I was fine."

The officers have been hailed as heroes by city leaders.

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