The female shooter in the San Bernardino massacre may have had sympathies for the so-called Islamic State and may have even pledged allegiance to them in deleted Facebook posts on an anonymous account.
An “[unnamed] official said Tashfeen Malik made her posts under an alias and deleted them before she and husband Syed Farook killed 14 people Wednesday at a holiday party for his co-workers. The Muslim couple were killed hours later in a fierce gun-battle with police,” according to the Associated Press. From the same account, Malik also apparently expressed admiration for the group’s leader.
The unnamed sourced said, however, that it doesn’t seem as if anyone from the terror group ever tried to respond to her let alone relay any “operational instructions.”
The couple apparently destroyed their electronics before carrying out the attack.
Malik met her husband, Syed Farook, while they were both on the Hajj, or the pilgrimage every Muslim is supposed to undertake at least once in their lives.
She was a Pakistani citizen who came to the U.S. on a spousal visa, as Farook was a citizen. She moved when she was about three years old from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, but returned to the Punjab province to study pharmacy.
“While the attack may have been inspired by [the so-called] Islamic State, there is no evidence that it was directed by the militant group, U.S. government sources said” according to Reuters.
While this may be the clearest evidence yet that Wednesday’s shooting was terror-related, it is far from definitive proof one that this was a Paris-style attack. If anything, the evidence points to home-grown radicals who may have had bigger plans, but targeted Farook’s workplace first of all.
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