Pak-origin California gunman was in touch with extremists: FBI

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2015 13:20:44


THE Pakistani-origin gunman who carried out the massacre of 14 people in California along with his Pakistani wife may have been radicalised as he was in touch with extremists, officials said on Friday, as an arms haul from their home indicated they were planning another attack.
Police said that while searching the apartment of the couple - Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, - they found an armoury of weapons and explosives including a dozen pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The assault-style rifles used
in the attack were purchased
by someone who is now
under investigation, said San Bernardino City Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
FBI has taken charge of the probe into Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, and were combing through evidence, including cell phones and a computer hard drive to determine what prompted Farook and Malik to carry out the attack that claimed 14 lives and left 21 people wounded.
With the FBI examining suspect Farook’s electronic devices, analysts and agents have found evidence that at least a day before the attacks, he began deleting data leading investigators to believe that he was planning the attack.
“It’s not like he got angry and came back and started deleting and destroying things,” an official was quoted as saying by the ‘New York Times’. Farook had apparently communicated with at least one person who is currently being monitored as a potential terror suspect.
The communications were “soft connections” in that they were not frequent, an official said.