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FBI says Calif. shooters radicalized before they met

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago December 09, 2015 Dec 9, 2015 Wednesday, December 09 2015 December 09, 2015 1:05 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO - FBI Director James Comey says the two San Bernardino, California, shooters were radicalized at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013.

Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were radicalized even before they met online.

The couple wed last year. They opened fire on Farook's co-workers at a holiday party a week ago, killing 14 people.

Comey also said the couple was inspired by foreign terror organizations and described them as "homegrown violent extremists."

He said the investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile, the father of Tashfeen Malik says he condemns and regrets his daughter's action and the killings in San Bernardino.

Gulzar Ahmad Malik spoke to The Associated Press by telephone Wednesday from Jiddah, in Saudi Arabia. He says he is "very, very sad."

He says: "I am in such pain that I cannot even describe it."

The father says he recorded his statement with Saudi intelligence and that he wouldn't like to go beyond that.

The Saudi Interior Ministry has said that Gulzar Ahmed Malik has been a resident in the kingdom since the early 1980s. His daughter was from Pakistan but traveled to Saudi Arabia.

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