Drivers crash, fiery, death to Travis Air Force Base, the researchers have for a riddle

Sean Ragan, FBI special agent in charge, briefs reporters about a crash at the main gate of Travis Air Force Base, California, march 23, 2018.

(Associated Press)

The researchers said Friday that they are a mystery as to why the man drove a burning pickup — version propane tanks and gasoline containers — in Travis Air Force Base in Northern California this week, and they see no evidence of terrorism.

A man identified as Hafiz Kazi, 51, from Sausalito, California, died in the Kia minivan Wednesday after a rose by the main entrance of Travis and crashing, FBI Sacramento agent Sean Ragan said.

“Why has this person eventually to the front gate of Travis Air Base in fire and now death?” Ragan said. “We don’t have the answers.”

“Why has this person eventually to the front gate of Travis Air Base on the fire and died by now? We do not have the answers.”

– FBI Sacramento agent Sean Ragan

Local emergency teams including the fire, police and medical personnel, responded to the crash, Fox 40 Sacramento reported. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was also called to the scene.

Kazi does not have any known links to terrorism, not behind a manifesto or any threats or explanation, and a video of a mobile telephone provided no idea.

Researchers know of no one else in connection with the incident, nor of threats to the air base or the surrounding community. Kazi also never in the army and has no known ties to the air base, Ragan said.

No shots were fired as he was in the base, and it was only after the fire was out and rescuers broke through the closed van doors to support Kazi that she realized that the vehicle was loaded with five propane tanks, three gallon-size gasoline cans and several lighters, Ragan said. Also found a gym bag with personal belongings and three mobile phones.

A car is unauthorized to enter Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield in flames after crashing through the main entrance

— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) March 24, 2018

Kazi’s body was so burned that he had to be identified by fingerprints.

“The research that we’re doing now is trying to piece together his life, in an attempt to piece together what led up to this event, and try to figure out why he was there and why he had those items in his vehicle,” Ragan said.

He said Kazi was a native of India who has lived in the US since 1993 and became a permanent legal resident. Ragan said the researchers are not able to find Kazi’s family lives in the US, but a member of the family in India has knowledge of Kazi’s death.

He said Kazi seemed to work as a taxi driver in the past, but the researchers have not yet determined if he was employed at that time. It was not clear whether he is the owner of the van.

“We have no evidence of any religious or something at this point,” Ragan said. “From now on, we know of no other employees.”

Researchers have interviewed a number of Kazi’s friends and busy with a search warrant, he said. They are also scouring social media, so far without result.

Calls to different numbers with the Kazi were not returned Friday.

About 10,000 people live and work in the large air force base, about 55 miles northeast of San Francisco.

“I am incredibly proud of how our first responders discussed the situation with the goal of keeping Travis and the local community out of danger,” Col. John Small, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, told the San Franscisco Chronicle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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