Tashfeen Malik has been identified as the slain 27 year old wife who was killed in a hail of gunfire alongside her presumed husband/bodyfriend, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28 years old, as the pair made their getaway in a black SUV along California‘s San Bernandino back highways.
The couple’s death came during a high speed police chase and authorities telling the pair throwing pipe bombs out of their vehicle as police followed in pursuit as overhead news helicopters surreally caught the scene as it unfolded.
The pair had earlier driven off from the Inland Regional Center after leaving 14 dead and 17 injured during a mass shooting after a purported ‘altercation’.
An altercation many are now wondering may have been planned as a terrorist attack after Syed Raheel Farook as he was initially confused for his brother (who at the time of the attack was at work) was observed ‘nervously’ leaving a work holiday party for the county health department (which Syed was an employee of as a health environment specialist) at a rented conference room only to return 20 minutes later with Malik with AK47’s and a bomb.
To date authorities have not commented on the woman’s nationality, reiterating that Syed Farook was a U.S citizen.
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Of question is if Syed and Tashfeeen Malik were married or engaged, with an earlier LA Times reports telling that the pair had been married for six months after having met online, with Syed traveling to ‘Saudi Arabia to bring the woman back.’
The trip to Saudi Arabia has also raised questions along courting what other missives during the trip may have been at stake?
During a press conference it was revealed that the couple had a six month old baby who at the time of the attack was in the care of family.
Council of American Islamic Relation executive director Hussam Ayloush would also tell reporters that the couple were devout Muslims but it was ‘impossible to track down a specific mosque’ that the couple attended.
Responding to reporter’s questions if the mass shooting was the result of on the moment spur or a planned attack (which seems more likely given the degree of armaments and ammunition that the group had in stock during the 20 minutes that Syed left to return with his accomplices), San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said he believed it was likely a planned attack.
Reiterated Burguan: ‘There had to be some sort of planning that went into this.‘ He later explained that officers had been ‘working on’ what they believed were explosive devices which had been left at the Inland Regional Center.