The FBI on Wednesday said it was looking for information about a second man in relation to a deadly terror attack in lower Manhattan that killed eight people and injured a dozen others, but quickly updated that call to say investigators are no longer looking for the person.
Federal authorities identified the man as Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, who also goes by the name Muhammad Kadirov, according to WPIX.
"We are no longer seeking that individual," said William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI's New York office Wednesday afternoon. "We believed he had information related to yesterday, but we are not looking for that individual any longer."
Sweeney said the man had been found.
Federal prosecutors in New York have already filed terrorism charges against an Uzbek immigrant in the deadly truck attack on a New York bike path identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov was charged Wednesday in a criminal complaint after the Tuesday afternoon attack killed eight people near the World Trade Center.
Anyone who knows Saipov or has information about the attack should contact law enforcement, the official said.
At a midday news conference, police officials said Saipov was never the subject of an NYPD investigation but said he may have had contact with individuals who were. It’s unclear what relationship Saipov has with Kadirov.
Prosecutors allege that Saipov had been planning the attack for weeks and that he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group.
He followed “almost exactly to a T the instructions that ISIS has put out on social media about how to carry out such an attack,” John Miller, deputy commission of NYPD counter-intelligence, said.
Notes found in the rented truck used in the attack were written in Arabic and praised the terror group, Miller said. Investigators said they later found a cellphone connected to Saipov that had Islamic State group propaganda.
Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI’s toll-free tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (5324).
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