Two men who were seen on surveillance footage pulling a pressure cooker out of a suitcase in Chelsea on the day of the New York bombings have been identified as Egyptian airline pilots. The two men are now believed to be out of the country and in Egypt, but are wanted for questioning since they are witnesses, ABC News reported.
The two men are not considered to be suspects in the attempted bombing on September 17.
The two men were seen pulling the bomb away from the bag and placed it on the street and then lugged away the suitcase. Investigators are hoping to retrieve the bag and any evidence that may turn up.
The FBI said that the two men were staying in New York during that weekend.
Some experts say that when they removed the pressure cooker from the suitcase they may have inadvertently disabled the pressure cooker and saved the lives of people in Manhattan.
NYPD chief of counterterrorism James Waters said last week that the two men were “very, very lucky.”
Police released additional photos of the two men earlier this week, as well as of the tote bag, which is covered with tiger print.