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Both San Bernardino Shooters Were ‘Radicalized,’ FBI Says.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – The couple who carried out the San Bernardino massacre had been radicalized “for quite some time” and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one case within days of the attack that killed 14 people, the FBI said Monday. John D’Angelo, assistant special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, says Syed Farook bought three guns that have been recovered, including two pistols that he and his wife used in the shooting. It was not immediately clear whether Farook attended the autumn 2014 training session on how to react to a workplace gunman, county spokeswoman Felisa Cardona said. Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani national, and Syed Rizwan Farook, her U.S.-born husband, assaulted a holiday gathering of county workers on Wednesday, armed with semiautomatic rifles and explosives. After Farook reportedly got in an argument with a co-worker regarding Islam at the party, he left and returned 20 minutes later with Malik, carrying rifles and semi-automatic handguns.

Officials at five hospitals confirm Monday that at least 11 of the 21 people injured in the attack and ensuing shootout with police have been released. On Monday, one employee who had been in the room when Farook and Tashfeen Malik launched their attack on a holiday luncheon said colleagues tried to do just as they had been trained – find protection and stay quiet. The White House was quick to emphasize there is no evidence a terror group directed the attack, although Obama characterized the attack as “terror” in an address from the Oval office Sunday. (RELATED: Media Hypocrisy On FULL Display In San Bernardino Aftermath) Bowdich also said authorities found 19 types of pipes that could be constructed into bombs in the husband and wife’s home in total, after initially identifying only 12. “The investigation is massive in scale,” he said. “We have conducted at least 400 interviews.” Farook’s mother, Rafia, is an active member of a Muslim organization that promotes the establishment of a caliphate and has ties to a radical Pakistani political group.

An MSNBC reporter found a certificate of appreciation to Rafia from the group’s sister wing, while outlets scoured the Farook apartment in California. (RELATED: NY Daily News: San Bernardino Victim Deserved It For Being Conservative) Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. Malik posted a message on Facebook Wednesday pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group Islamic State, just before the attack according to officials. Farook, a 28-year-old born in the U.S. to a Pakistani family, and Malik, a 29-year-old immigrant from Pakistan, were killed in a gunbattle with police hours after the bloodbath. “We believe both were radicalized and had been for some time,” said David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Investigators said Monday that they continue to examine electronics for evidence of possible contacts between the married couple and extremists and any other potential connections to terror groups. At one point, a dispatcher advises all units that potentially three suspects wearing black masks and possibly tactical vests had fled in a black SUV with assault rifles.

Bowdich said, when asked whether investigators have determined how the suspects became radicalized. “We don’t know.” Investigators have conducted more than 400 interviews in connection with the investigation and have “found evidence of pre-planning,” Mr. He said that the two killers had “gone down the dark path of radicalization” but that there was no evidence they were part of a larger conspiracy or were directed by an overseas terror organization. The founder of an Islamic religious school organization whose former student helped carry out the California mass shooting says the group is non-political and has no links to extremists. In addition, officials clarified details on the explosives found at the home of the suspects following the attack, saying investigators have now determined that there were 19 pipes present, though not all may have been functional pipe bombs. Farhat Hashmi said in a statement on her website that Tashfeen Malik attended Al-Huda International Seminary’s branch in the Pakistani city of Multan briefly between 2013 and 2014.

Meanwhile, most of the county’s 20,000 employees went back to work for the first time since the rampage five days earlier engulfed the community in shock and mourning. “To honor them, to express our gratitude for their unimaginable sacrifice, we have to fight to maintain that ordinary,” County Supervisor Janice Rutherford said of the victims. “We can’t be afraid of our lives, of our community, of our neighbors, of our co-workers.” Authorities said that they have tightened security at county buildings and that counseling centers and a hotline have been set up for employees in distress. In announcing the return to work, Trudy Raymundo, county health director, recalled that she was about to give a presentation when the killers opened fire. “We held each other and we protected each other through this horrific event,” she said, “and we will continue to hold each other and protect each other.” “What really bothers me most,” said Dr.

Muslim advocacy groups have expressed concern about a rising tide of Islamophobia following the shootings, including incidents of vandalism and threats at mosques. Also speaking at Monday’s news conference was County Public Health Director Trudy Raymundo and Department of Environmental Health Services Division Chief Corwin Porter, who were among those who attended the holiday party that was attacked.

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