The San Bernardino Shooters Buried in Traditional Islamic Funeral

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Couple behind attack is buried in Southern California.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The bodies of a husband and wife behind the California shootings that killed 14 people have been released by authorities and buried. 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. Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were reportedly buried in a Muslim cemetery hours away from San Bernardino in a ceremony attended by about 10 people, including members of Farook’s family and people who used to pray with the couple at mosques.

The Islamist militant group has “revolutionised” terrorism by seeking to inspire such small-scale attacks, FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday, noting the group uses social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda to recruit followers around the world. Comey made his statements at 1 Police Plaza, first at the NYPD Shield Conference, which included several hundred security personnel who work in the private sector and who collaborate with the NYPD, and again at a news conference.

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. 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 revealed for the first time that the shooting deaths last July of five people after attacks on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., have now officially been classified as a terrorist attack. Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation currently has “hundreds” of investigations in all 50 US states involving potential Islamic State-inspired plots. He said the threat from the Islamic State group, known as ISIS or ISIL, has not changed — but it’s vastly different from how terror cells operated around the time of the Sept. 11 attack. “Your parents’ al-Qaida is a very different model and was a very different threat that what we face today,” he said. The group has a three-pronged strategy, Comey said: recruit fighters to join it in the Middle East, inspire individuals in other countries to carry out attacks and send out trained operatives to commit violence in Europe and the United States.

For example, he said, some Twitter messages cannot be “unlocked” by law enforcement, making it impossible for them to track communications between terrorists. “The bottleneck here is there are a lot people who have designed these products and they can’t access it themselves because that is what the market requires,” Comey said. Instead, he said, “We need the public to be aware and not to be fearful, but instead have a healthy awareness of their surroundings and report something if they see something. Tells us [law enforcement], because we need your help, and then live your life and let us do our job.” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton echoed Comey’s comments. “To prevent crime, disorder and now terrorism we must go where it begins . . . in the minds of those who hate and feel victimized.

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