The FBI has identified the man behind the attack on Travis Air Force Base in California, but they’re saying they’re still not sure what motivated him.
Hafiz Kazi, 51, illegally crashed his Kia van through the gate of the base on Wednesday and then deliberately ignited what he had inside his van, according to authorities.
It burst into a huge fireball and Kazi was killed as a result.
FBI Special Agent In Charge Sean Ragan described what they found in the van.
From Mercury News:
Inside the van, investigators found five propane tanks, three plastic one-gallon gasoline cans, a gym bag with personal effects, three cellphones, and several lighters.
Authorities extracted a video from a phone and are analyzing it to try and see if it could help point to a motive.
Ragan said investigators aren’t sure why Kazi came to the base or why he lit the van on fire. Investigators have had trouble locating family of Kazi, who was originally from India but has lived in the United States since 1993. He appeared to work as a cab driver in the past, but investigators have not determined if he was currently employed.
Authorities said it was being investigated as a terrorist act because of the deliberate ignition and attack on the base.
“We know that the community is concerned but we can assure everyone that we are unaware of any specific threat to Travis Air Force Base and the Fairfield community,” Ragan said.
“We continue to seek the answer to the question of why this man acted in the manner he did,” he continued. “We appreciate the public’s concern and patience as we continue to follow all investigative leads in order to provide a factual basis for the events that occurred.”
But they haven’t been able to connect him to any terrorist group as yet.
Ragan also said investigators had not found any evidence of any religious affiliation and disputed published reports that Kazi had cellphone videos that called for jihad or other terror-related themes.
“There was some information out there that there might be some jihadi-type videos, things like that. No, we have not found anything in that regard,” said Ragan.
Officials said there was no further threat against the base or surrounding community.
According to ABC, multiple sources depicted Kazi as a “nomad” and a “vagabond.”
He never served in the military and had no known connection to the base.
Travis Air Force Base, which is north of San Francisco, is a major hub to provide support for Pacific operations. Some 10,000 people live and work there.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]