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Islamic extremists ignored contact attempts by wife in California shooting -sources.

The shooters who gunned down 14 people in San Bernardino, California last week were radicalized well before they met online, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed. “Our investigation to date, which I can only say so much about at this point, indicates that they were radicalized before they starting courting or dating each other online,” FBI director James Comey, Jr. told a US Senate committee on judiciary affairs Wednesday. “And online, as early as the end of 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and then married and lived together in the United States.” On December 2, US-born Syed Rizwan and his wife Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani national and US resident, shot dead 14 people at a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health function. U.S. investigators probing last week’s deadly massacre in California are now intensely focusing on the activities of Enrique Marquez, who they say supplied the assault-style weapons to the husband-and-wife attackers who killed 14 people and wounded another 21.The former neighbor who provided shooter Syed Rizwan Farook with the rifles used in the San Bernardino attacks is now cooperating with officials and has sat down for several interviews, according to senior law enforcement officials. The number of organizations Malik, 29, tried to contact and how she tried to contact them were unclear, but the groups almost certainly included al Qaeda’s Syria-based official affiliate, the Nusrah Front, the sources said.

Mr Comey did not indicate whether the FBI investigation had established a substantial link between the couple and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) armed group. Investigators say Marquez converted to Islam, Farook’s religion, married a member of Farook’s extended family and claims to have discussed a terrorist plot with Farook in 2012 but abandoned it when authorities arrested suspects in an unrelated terrorist incident. The FBI is still investigating whether Marquez sold these rifles to Farook, according to the officials, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity for similar reasons. Both Marquez and the bride, Russian-born Mariya Chernykh, list the same home address as Raheel Farook, and Raheel and Tatiana Farook were witnesses to the couple’s marriage. In the aftermath of the attacks, American Muslims have told The Independent of an apparent surge in alleged Islamophobic hate crimes, including the brutal beating Saturday of a New York City store owner.

Mr Comey praised the American Muslims who inform the FBI on suspicious behavior and asked that they come forward if they witness or suspect a hate crime so that it can be properly investigated. State Department is investigating whether it missed any signs of the radicalization of Malik’s Islamic beliefs when officials in Pakistan scrutinized her request for what is known as a fiance visa, to enter the U.S. with the intent to marry Farook a short time later. The husband-and-wife duo “were radicalized for quite a long time before their attack,” Comey reiterated during an appearance on Capitol Hill in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A law enforcement source said investigators are focusing on how Malik obtained the K-1 fiancée visa that the United States issued so she could come to the country with Farook. The comment provoked international criticism, but on Thursday, a CBS-New York Times poll showed Mr Trump with 13 more per cent in the polls since October — giving him an all time high of 35 per cent of voting Republicans polled.

Authorities say that no red flags turned up in their background checks on Malik and that questioning of her focused on the legitimacy of her relationship with Farook and whether they planned to marry, as they did last year after arriving in the U.S. If we find areas where that process needs to be improved, or mistakes that might have been made, we’ll be accountable for that and make the proper changes.” Farook and Malik had been in contact with people in Orange County, California, who had been investigated by the FBI for possible ties to terrorism, but nothing arose during that investigation to draw attention to either shooter, a U.S. government source said. Graham (R-S.C.), a presidential candidate, if the marriage between Malik and Farook was arranged by a terrorist organization, Comey said he did not know.

Investigators have been looking into the relationship between Farook, who was killed with his wife in a shootout with police a few hours after their assault, and Enrique Marquez, a boyhood friend. If in the context or in the process of the review, we find things that we can do, we’re not going to wait for the review to be complete before we make the changes. Relatively little is known about Malik, who was born in Pakistan but spent at least some time in Saudi Arabia, where her father relocated more than two decades ago.

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