FBI: Why Did Guy Drive Flaming Van Into Air Force Base?

Personnel initially thought it was an accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2018 6:01 AM CDT
Sean Ragan, FBI special agent in charge, briefs reporters about a crash at the main gate of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Friday, March 23, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

(Newser) – Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major Northern California Air Force Base this week, the AP reports. Hafiz Kazi, 51, died in the Kia minivan Wednesday night after veering through the gate at Travis Air Force Base and crashing, FBI agent Sean Ragan said Friday. Kazi had no known links to terrorism, did not leave behind a manifesto or any threats or explanation, and a video found on a cellphone provided no clue. "Why did this individual end up at the front gate of Travis Air Base on fire and now deceased? We don't have the answers to that," Ragan says.

Investigators know of no one else associated with the incident nor any threats to air base or the community. Air Force gate personnel initially thought they were dealing with a vehicle accident when Kazi crashed and they realized he was on fire. It was only after the fire was out and they broke through the locked minivan doors to aid Kazi that they realized it was loaded with five propane tanks, three gallon-size gasoline cans, and several cigarette lighters. Identified by fingerprints, Kazi is a native of India who has lived in the United States since 1993 and was a permanent legal resident. He never served in the military and has no known ties to the air base, says Ragan.


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