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UPDATE: Pakistani intelligence is in contact with the family of Tashfeen Malik. The 27-year-old wife of fellow terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook studied pharmacy in Pakistan, at a university in the city of Multan in 2010. While the FBI has not yet admitted that the attack qualifies as Muslim terrorism, it appears that Farook was in touch with individuals located in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area who are supporters of attacks on the United States and the West. He was also in contact with persons outside of the US who are being monitored by U.S. intelligence.
Farook and Malik became acquainted in online posts. They married in 2013 while on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Malik entered the U.S. after receiving a K-1 visa, which is granted by the State Department to persons engaged to be married to U.S. citizens and legal residents. Visas such as the K-1 are granted only after a allegedly rigorous screening process. Farook's relatives describe the couple as happy and having no outward signs of Muslim radicalization.
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Tashfeen Malik, the 27-year-old Pakistani woman who carried out the San Bernardino massacre with her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, posted a statement supporting the Islamic State. According to law enforcement sources, Malik posted a message about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – the leader of ISIS – just before the December 2 attack on the Inland Regional Center where Farook had been employed.
Both she and Farook were members of a Muslim congregation in San Bernardino. They were married in 2014 after returning from Saudi Arabia, where Farook had gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca. On the day of the attack, they gave over their 6-month-old baby daughter to Farook’s mother for babysitting. They claimed that they had a physician’s appointment.
The FBI and Homeland Security are seeking to find out whether Malik had contributed to the radicalization of her husband, Farook. The two were killed on the evening of the massacre in a running gunfight with police. Malik fired an AR-15 weapon out the window of their SUV at pursuing police, but was finally felled by a hail of bullets. Police later found thousands of rounds of ammunition and at least 12 improvised explosive devices in a Redlands CA residence that was associated with the attack.
A first responder to the attack in San Bernardino described the "unspeakable" horror he found:
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