FBI konkluderte fredag med at angrepet i San Bernardino var terror og blir etterforsket som det. Det er særlig Tashfeen Malik (27) de Pakistan som eksplisitt har hyllet lederen for IS.
Det viser seg nå at hun har bodd i Saudi-Araiba i 20 år. Hun og mannen, Syed Farook, drepte 14 mennesker, mange av dem mannens kolleger, på et handikapsenter i San Bernardino onsdag. Tashfeen Malik skal ha hatt en myk stemme og var «konservativ». I den grad at hennes manns brødre aldri hadde sett ansiktet hennes fordi hun alltid var iført burka. Men ekstrem? Ånei, det vil ingen påstå.
Today lawyers for the Farook family cast doubt on the reports of the ISIS pledge and said that there hasn’t been any real evidence that the couple has any “extremist tendencies.”
“None of the family knew of him as being extreme, aggressive or having any extreme religious views,” one of the attorneys said.
The other noted that Malik was very soft-spoken and conservative — so much that Farook’s brothers never saw her face, due to the full burqa she always wore in public.
If the investigation does prove that the attack was the work of people inspired by Islamist militants, it would be the most serious such attack since Sept. 11, 2001.
Malik had pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an online post, David Bowdich, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles office, said at a news conference.
«Based on the information and the facts as we know them, we are now investigating these horrific acts as an act of terrorism,» Bowdich said.
Asked about a reported Facebook post by Malik on the day of the attack pledging loyalty to Islamic State, Bowdich said, «Yes, there was a pledge of allegiance.»
«The investigation so far has delivered indications of radicalization by the killers and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations,» Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told reporters in Washington. «We have no indication that these killers are part of an organized larger group or form part of a cell. There is no indication that they are part of a network.»
Bowdich also said the FBI was examining crushed cellphones found near the shooting scene.
The couple may have been planning an additional attack, he added.