Update: The FBI is no longer seeking the public’s assistance with information about an Uzbekistan national in connection with Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City, said an FBI official at a news conference.
The agency earlier said it was looking for tips on Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32.
“We have found him, and we’ll leave it at that,” New York FBI’s Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney told reporters.
The Uzbek national is being questioned in connection with the attack in Manhattan, said law enforcement sources.
The individual may have pertinent information and is possibly an associate of suspect Sayfullo Saipov, said one source.
NEW YORK — The FBI on Wednesday said it’s 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.
Federal authorities identified the man as Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, who also goes by the name Muhammad Kadirov, according to WPIX.
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.
At a midday news conference, police officials said Saipov was never the subject of an NYPD investigation but he may have had contact with individuals who were. It’s unclear what relationship Saipov has with Kadirov.
Prosecutors allege Saipov had been planning the attack for weeks and 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,” said John Miller, deputy commission of NYPD counter-intelligence.
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).