The FBI has published the following photo of two men, along with the news that the FBI is seeking those two unknown men in relation to the suitcases and explosive devices found in New York City on September 17.
As reported by CBS, it was an odd and unexpected move coming from the FBI, seeing as though the public initially assumed that bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami worked as a lone wolf. As reported by the Inquisitr, Rahami’s photo was also released by the FBI, when authorities were seeking to capture the 28-year-old Rahami for his role in the bombing on 23rd Street in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. Ahmad was eventually captured after a shootout with police.
CBS reports that Rahami has been charged with crimes related to the explosive device that hurt more than 30 people. Another explosive device did not detonate. Now the FBI wants more information from and about the two men seen in the recent FBI photo released. However, they are being sought to uncover what they may have witnessed — not as bombing suspects.
Initially it was assumed that the two men may have simply been New Yorkers who found free luggage and removed the contents of the duffel bag and took the luggage with them. And that might still be the case. Now that the FBI has put out photos of the two men — with the FBI photo showing both men from a faraway vantage point — their role in the explosive device melee has been clarified with the FBI saying the two men are not bombing suspect.
The photo was captured on Saturday evening.
Because the duffel bag has not been recovered yet, it is likely that the FBI wants to procure the bag from the two men and search out its content. The FBI would likely conduct plenty of testing on the luggage in order to determine more information about the explosive device itself.
Chiefly, the FBI wants to discover if there were other contents within the bag as well, beyond the explosive devices discovered. The CCTV photo was taken in New York City on Saturday night, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The two men were walking along West 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues when they were captured in the photo that the FBI has released.
The FBI explained in their poster with photos of the two men that the men found the luggage and left the explosives but took the bag.
“The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating these two unknown individuals. Closed circuit television recordings indicate that these individuals allegedly located a piece of luggage on the sidewalk, removed an improvised explosive device from the luggage, and then left the vicinity leaving the device behind but taking the luggage.
“The image shown was taken on West 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in the same hour that an explosive device had detonated on West 23rd Street.
“The FBI is interested in speaking to these individuals and recovering the luggage.
“Submit a Tip: If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Field Office: New York/Submit an anonymous Tip online.”
The thought that the two men could have unknowingly handled an explosive device merely to gain luggage must be a sobering thought for the two unknown men. Authorities have stated that the two men will not have to fear being arrested. Therefore, the two men who strolled along the Chelsea neighborhood in New York on Saturday, September 17, thinking perhaps that they gained a free duffel bag, are no doubt relieved that the explosive device they handled did not explode in their hands.
[Featured Image by FBI/AP Images]