The FBI is now hunting for a second man that it wants to question in connection with Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, is facing terrorism charges in connection with the attack that killed eight people and left 11 injured. Police have accused him of driving a truck he rented into a crowd of pedestrians.
The FBI said it is seeking information about Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, in connection with the attack.
The bureau released a picture of Kadirov and urged anyone with information about him to call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), or to contact the local FBI office.
“Law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s assistance with information about Mukhammadzoir Kadirov in relation to the deadly attack in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, New York on October 31, 2017,” an FBI poster said.
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Kadirov, like Saipov, is a native of Uzbekistan.
During the time leading up to Tuesday’s attack, Saipov appeared to have connections to individuals who were the targets of terrorism investigations, police said.
Although New York City police said Saipov had never been the target of an NYPD or FBI investigation, he had been on the radar screen of federal authorities because of contact with an Uzbek being watched by investigators.
It was unclear Wednesday if that man was Kadirov.
The hunt for Kadirov began as prosecutors filed terrorism charges against Saipov.
The federal charges claimed Saipov said he drew inspiration from ISIS videos that questioned the killing of Muslims in Iraq.
The criminal complaint said Saipov began planning his attack a year ago, and two months ago decided to use a truck to carry it out.
Uzbeks who emigrated have had difficulty once they left their homeland, said Erica Marat, a Central Asia security expert at the National Defense University.
“Patterns of radicalization for Uzbeks are somewhat similar to that of migrants from other countries, an inability to fit into the society where (they) live, an inability to live the American dream,” Marat told Newsweek. “So they are looking for ways to belong and extremist narratives seem to be the most attractive.
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