FBI: No Terrorism Link To Man From India Who Car-Bombed Travis Air Force Base
(by James Lanaras) – The FBI has identified the man who was found dead in a burning vehicle that had crashed through a gate at Travis Air Force Base Wednesday evening as Hafiz Kazi, 51, a native of India.
Kazi had been living in the United States since 1993 most often in the San Francisco Bay Area, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Sacramento Office Sean Ragan said at an afternoon news conference in Roseville.
“He was a legal permanent resident of the United States,” Ragan said.
Kazi was driving a minivan containing five propane tanks, a gym bag, three phones, three plastic-one-gallon gas containers and several lighters, Ragan said.
The van drove through the main gate at Travis Air Force in Fairfield without authorization around 7 p.m. Wednesday, crashed and caught fire before first responders could get to it.
Initially it was believed the van driver had an accident and drove through the gate, Ragan said.
Kazi was the only one inside and he was identified by fingerprints, Ragan said. The FBI notified a relative in India of Kazi’s death, Ragan said.
There is no evidence of a religious motive for the intrusion at the base or a link to terrorism at this time, Ragan said.
Investigators have identified some “associates” of Kazi through social media, email and phones, and the agency is looking for other associates and friends. The FBI also is “working on some search warrants,” Ragan said.
There were no known threats to the air base or Solano County, Ragan said.
A video was found on Kazi’s phone but it did not appear related to a possible motive for the bombing, Ragan said.
“We are trying to piece together his life and what led him to this event,” Ragan said.
A significant investigation of the incident is ongoing, and Kazi’s autopsy was underway this afternoon, Ragan said.