‘San Bernardino at­tack­ers rad­i­calised be­fore they met’

Asian Journal - - World -

Wash­ing­ton: The couple be­hind the San Bernardino at­tack that killed 14 peo­ple were rad­i­calised be­fore they started dat­ing, the di­rec­tor of the FBI has said. James Comey said Tash­feen Ma­lik and hus­band Syed Fa­rook spoke of ji­had and mar­tyr­dom dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions on an on­line dat­ing ser­vice in late 2013, BBC re­ported. The FBI be­lieves the duo were in­spired by for­eign ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions, but said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing. Last week’s mas­sacre was the dead­li­est ter­ror­ist at­tack in the US since 9/11. The couple were both killed in a shoot-out with po­lice hours af­ter the at­tack. Speak­ing dur­ing a Se­nate hear­ing in Wash­ing­ton, Comey char­ac­terised the couple as “home­grown vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists,” and said that pre­cise na­ture of the for­eign in­flu­ence was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ear­lier this week, an­other FBI of­fi­cial said that there was no ev­i­dence un­cov­ered so far to sug­gest the at­tack was plot­ted over­seas. Comey said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “in­di­cates that they were ac­tu­ally rad­i­calised be­fore they started court­ing or dat­ing each other on­line,” and noted dis­cus­sions they had about ji­had be­fore their en­gage­ment last year.

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