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California shooting: ‘No evidence Farook, Tashfeen were part of terrorist cell’.

There is no evidence that the married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said, confirming that investigators believe the pair were inspired but not directed by Islamic State.NEW YORK — The two attackers who opened fire in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this month had not posted publicly on social media sites about supporting jihad, FBI Director James B.

He also said authorities believe Mohammed Abdulazeez, the suspect in July’s fatal shooting of four US Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was radicalised by militant propaganda. “To my mind, there’s no doubt that the Chattanooga killer was inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist organisation propaganda,” he said, but did not specify any particular group. Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation currently has “hundreds” of investigations in all 50 US states involving potential Islamic State-inspired plots.

I’ve seen some reporting on that, and that’s a garble.” Comey’s comments about these private messages contradicted a report in the New York Times saying that one of the attackers “talked openly on social media” about violent jihad. His remarks also undermined assertions made during the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night that the government missed warning signs that could have prevented that same attacker from obtaining a visa. Islamic State also employs “end-to-end” encryption when communicating with individuals who it believes are willing to carry out killings in its name, Comey said. These messages are distinct from a note Malik posted on Facebook after the shooting pledging her allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the militant group that says it has established a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, according to law enforcement officials. Ted Cruz of Texas criticized the Department of Homeland Security and said officials had overlooked such a post. “It’s not a lack of competence that is preventing the Obama administration from stopping these attacks,” Cruz said during the debate. “It is political correctness.

Investigators believe that Farook might have been taking steps in 2012 to mount an attack against a high school or college but got spooked after the men were arrested. In the bulletin released Wednesday, the department also warned Americans to expect stronger security at public places and events as well as an increased law enforcement presence.

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