A new report has told how San Bernardino gunman, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, was linked to radical Muslim extremists after a trip abroad earlier this summer to Saudi Arabia where he went to meet his Pakistani wife,Tashfeen Malik, 27, after meeting online.
Yet of question, during the US born native’s one month trek is whether Farook came to be radicalized by Islamic extremists, after immersing himself in dogma that may have espoused violence.
To what degree the health environmental specialized had been radicalized isn’t necessarily understood, with CNN reporting that Farook was in touch by phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject. Rendezvous that authorities believe led to the couple being assisted and commandeered as they set about orchestrating their deathly plan months before leading up to yesterday.
The claim by police insiders comes after Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a shootout with cops hours after storming the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA, yesterday, killing 14 and wounding 17.
The slaughter of fellow co workers would send the Farook’s family reeling, with claims that they had no idea that the couple had been conspiring to pull off the massacre.
Speaking at a press conference held at the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan said he was stunned to hear of his relative’s involvement in the shooting.
Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister, said he last spoke to him a week ago. He said he had ‘absolutely no idea why he would do this. I am shocked myself.’
‘I just cannot express how sad I am for what happened today. I am very sad that people lost their lives. I am shock that something like this could happen.’ Khan said other family members asked him to speak at the news conference, and to express their sadness over the shootings.
Also speaking at a press conference last night was San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan who told how Farook upon returning from his stay in Saudi Arabia ( of question is how the couple ended up in Saudi Arabia, given the groom’s wife’s Pakistan origins?) began growing out his beard and dedicating more time to his devotion of religion, spending hours preying every day.
Also of question is how the environmental health specialist and his pharmacist trained wife were able to amass the skill set and knowledge of army moves (upon being confronted by police) leading into yesterday’s attack? With suggestions that the couple had been trained and planned to carry out a terrorist operative.
Adding intrigue, is a report via CBS Los Angeles telling of a man who has been working in town telling noticing a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, who decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.
Police have yet to offer a clear motive for the attack, though federal agencies have yet to rule out terrorism, and are hunting for links to ISIS and other extremist groups.