It was a terrorist act. FBI is investigating on the massacre in San Bernardino in which 14 people were killed, is sure about it now. This idea took shape when the investigators found out that the woman killer, Tasfheen Malik, during the attack on the Californian center for the disabled, had sworn allegiance to the Caliph al-al Baghdadi. Afterwards, ISIS itself has claimed through Site the attack by launching new threats against the United States. It published a photo with a black flag positioned on the Empire State Building in New York, accompanied by the word “Rivers of blood await America”. But as far as the actual affiliation of the murderous couple to Daesh is concerned, FBI is still cautious because, as James Comey, the director of the US federal police explained, there are no indications that “the two of them were part of a wider terrorist cell”. The attack, thus, seems to have been inspired by but not organised by the self-styled Islamic State.
Farook and Malik have not released any claims, on the contrary, they have eliminated the hard disks from their home computer and their new mobile phones were found destroyed next to the place where the massacre took place. “They also tried to erase their fingerprints”, David Bowdich, deputy director of the Los Angeles FBI office, has added. This pushes the investigators to think that the shooting had been premeditated and planned in advance. Farook, born in Illinois to Pakistani immigrant parents, worked as an inspector for the county of San Bernardino, in the Environment and Health Department, the agency that was celebrating Christmas when the two of them broke in and began to shoot. Investigators are working on a possible discussion the man might have had with a colleague who seems to have denounced the “dangers of Islam” before the shooting, according to a governmental source.
His wife was from the district of Layyah, in the southern province of Punjab. After 25 years in Saudi Arabia, she had returned to Pakistan five or six years ago to finish her degree in pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakariya University of Multan. Officials of the Pakistani intelligence have contacted Malik’s family in the context of the investigation after the shooting. “I’ve learned about this tragedy today when some secret service agents have contacted me to ask me about my relationship with Tashfeen”, his uncle Javed Rabbani said. “I heard this tragedy had occurred, but I could not have imagined that anyone from my family was involved.
Of course we are shocked”, he said, explaining that his brother, Malik’s father, had become much more conservative since when he had moved to Saudi Arabia with his family, 25 years ago. In Arabia, Malik and her husband, Syed Naleem Farook fell in love after having met online. Christian Nwadike who had worked with Farook for five years, has told CBS that the man changed after he returned from Saudi Arabia. “I think he has married a terrorist”, Nwadike stated. Malik had arrived in the United States in 2014 with a fiancee’s visa, and later married Farook in California. The two of them have a little girl who is six months and whom they have entrusted to the grandmother just before leaving their place to perpetrate the massacre, telling they had an appointment with a doctor. Farook was not under FBI’s surveillance, nor under that of any other anti-terrorism agency.