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Motive still unknown in Travis Air Force Base car bomb explosion

A crashed vehicle at Travis Air Force Base went up in flames. (YouTube)
March 28, 2018
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Officials are still searching for a motive for the explosive attack at Travis Air Force Base last week. The case was originally speculated to be an act of terrorism, as the driver of an unauthorized vehicle ultimately ignited himself.

On March 21, around 7 P.M., an unauthorized vehicle crashed through security gates of Travis Air Force Base in northern California and collided into a ditch.

Military personnel were en route to the scene when the vehicle exploded, killing the driver. The vehicle was filled with five propane tanks, three plastic one-gallon gas cans, several lighters, three phones and a gym bag with personal items.

An explosive arms removal team swiftly responded to the scene, accompanied by Air Force investigators, the FBI, fire crews and local police.

The incident was initially being treated as an act of terrorism, reports indicated.

On Friday, the driver of the vehicle was identified, according to federal investigators. He was Hafiz Kazi, a 51-year-old man originally from India. Kazi had been a legal permanent resident in the U.S. since 1993.

Kazi had lived in the Bay Area, including Sausalito, but his most recent place of residence was not known, according to Sean Ragan, the FBI special agent in charge of the Sacramento field office, the LA Times reported.

Coroners were able to identify Kazi by his fingerprints, although his body was severely burned.

Investigators are attempting to collect information from Kazi’s phone and other articles that were found at the scene, Ragan said.

“We don’t have any nexus of terrorism at this point. Now the question is, why. Why was he there? What led him there? And we don’t know answers to that, quite frankly,” Ragan added.

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