Exclusive: San Bernardino shooters buried in quiet funeral following Islamic …

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Couple behind attack is buried in Southern California.

NEW YORK — The husband-wife team who killed 14 people and wounded 21 others this month in San Bernardino, Calif., communicated privately about jihad and martyrdom before they were married, but there is no evidence to suggest the couple revealed those thoughts publicly on social media, the FBI director said Wednesday. “We can see from our investigation that in late 2013, before there is a physical meeting of these two people resulting in their engagement and then their journey to the United States, they’re communicating online, showing signs in their communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom,” James Comey said after a New York conference involving the city’s police department and private businesses. “So far, in this investigation we have found no evidence of posting on social media by either of them at that period in time and thereafter reflecting their commitment to jihad or to martyrdom,” he said, referring to media reports suggesting that Malik had spoken openly on social media about jihad and that background checks had not detected those comments.Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who opened fire on a San Bernardino holiday party earlier this month, were buried Tuesday in a quiet, graveside funeral guarded by FBI agents.

Comey also said the July 16 attack at two military sites in Chattanooga, during which five U.S. service members were killed, was “inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda.” The FBI had previously hesitated to use the word terrorism in relation to the attack. San Bernardino Supervising Deputy Coroner Randy Emon told The Associated Press that the bodies had been released, but said he was not authorized to say who claimed them or give any other information. An attendee told Reuters it took a week to find a graveyard willing to accept the bodies of the jihadi couple who were killed in a gun battle with police. “I don’t forgive him myself,” a mosque-goer who did not attend the funeral told Reuters. “I pray mercy for him, and we Muslims know God is merciful.

He said the threat from the Islamic State terrorist group has not changed — but it’s vastly different from how terror cells operated around the time of the Sept. 11 attack. But he’s also just.” Farook and Malik’s rampage on Dec. 2 killed 14 and wounded 22 others at a holiday party for county workers at a Southern California social services center.

Islamic State operatives reach out via social media, and they want eager followers to join the fight at the Syria-Iraq border or kill where they are. They said the husband and wife were ultimately buried in a cemetery far from San Bernardino, after a closer facility refused to take the bodies because of fears the graves would be desecrated.

Muslims are usually buried within 24 hours of dying, but family members and community members had to wait for the bodies to be released by law enforcement officials and then for permission from a cemetery. The family of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two men accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing attack in 2013, faced similar difficulty finding a place to bury his body after the attack.

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