San Bernardino shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS

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Redlands police officers stand guard as they investigate a suspicious vehicle on December 2, 2015 in Redlands, California. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

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ISTANBUL – Subsequent to the deadly attack led by a married couple believed to be members of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in San Bernardino in California, that claimed lives of 14 people, the FBI has been investigating the perpetrators’s background and their links with terrorist organizations, officials said on Friday. 

The female shooter had reportedly sworn allegiance to the leader of the ISIS militant group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Tashfeen Malik, 27 –a Pakistan national who lived in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years– and her U.S.-born husband, Syed Rizwan Farooq, 28, were killed in clashes with the U.S. police hours after Wednesday’s attack, that took place in a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino. 

If it happens and proved the perpetrators were inspired by ISIS, it would be the most serious attack by the radical group in the U.S. so far. 

Malik had pledged allegiance to ISIS leader al-Baghdadi in a post on social media, the FBI has said in a press statement. 

“We deal with these horrific acts as an act of terrorism,” it added.

In the meantime, a U.S. government official said there are no signs that these two killers are from ISIS; “the group has not even known who the shooters were”.

The hardline group, which is in control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks of Paris in Nov. 13, killing 130 people and wounding more than 300 others.

No Signs of an Organized Network

The killers, according to officials, had two assault-style rifles, two semi-automatic handguns, 6000 bullets, and 12 pipe bombs in their home.

“There are indications that the killers were radicalization; they were potentially inspired by foreign terrorist organizations,” the FBI director James Comey told reporters in Washington.

“There are no signs that the killers are part of an active cell in the U.S.,” he said, pointing out “there is no indication for any network so far.”

The FBI was examining crushed cellphones found near the shooting scene. The couple may have been planning for other attacks before their death. 

Reporting by: Resho Issa 

Source: ARA News

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