On Thursday, CNN continued their investigation into the Muslim couple that murdered 14 people and wounded more than 20 others on Wednesday. Perhaps the least shocking revelation in CNN’s reporting is that it appears that Syed Farook had become radicalized and was in contact with multiple people who are under FBI investigation for their ties to international terrorism. While Farook seems to have had some problems at work that may have contributed to the couple’s attack on his coworkers, authorities seem to be leaning towards this being an act of “opportunistic” terrorism.
Law enforcement officials have disclosed that the couple seems to have collected several weapons (including 12 pipe bombs) and a large quantity of ammunition. The police also told CNN that they had the ingredients and the tools to construct more pipe bombs and other homemade explosives. The large cache of weaponry has led the authorities to believe that the couple had another attack in the works.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, fired between 65 and 75 rifle rounds during the shooting at a county health department holiday party, then unloaded about that number in a later confrontation with police.
Fourteen died in the holiday party carnage and 21 more were wounded, according to Burguan. He said two police officers suffered injuries in the subsequent shootout.
Authorities later found thousands more rounds of ammunition at the couple’s residence, 12 pipe bombs and hundreds of tools that “could be used to construct IEDs or pipe bombs,” the chief said…
Burguan said “we still don’t have a motive,” but speculated that the couple may have been planning more carnage.
“They were equipped … and they could have done another attack,” the chief said…
Syed Rizwan Farook — one-half of the couple behind the San Bernardino shooting massacre — was apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Farook’s apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting, with his wife Tashfeen Malik, of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said…
Yet Farook himself had communicated by phone and via social media with more than one person being investigated for terrorism, law enforcement officials said. A separate U.S. government official said the 28-year-old has “overseas communications and associations.”
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