On December 4 officials admitted they are investigating whether Tashfeen Malik, the wife of the San Bernardino couple that carried out Wednesday’s terror attack, had radicalized her husband, Syed Farook.
Fourteen were killed in the shooting and 20 or more were wounded.
Fox News reports that federal investigators believe “there is a ‘very serious’ possibility” that Malik did indeed radicalize her husband. Moreover, investigators also believe the couple had planned “a second attack” but were killed in a shootout with law enforcement before they carry it out.
Farook flew to Saudi Arabia in September 2013 and again in July 2014. When he returned from the July trip he bought Malik back with him. “They were married on Aug. 16, 2014, in nearby Riverside County, CA,” and their marriage license “[lists] their religion as Muslim.” Farook was an American citizen, Malik was from Pakistan.
Investigators now believe Farook or Malik–or both–“made contact with suspected Al Qaeda terrorists” during one of the trips to Saudi Arabia.
All of these things appear to have been discovered after the fact. CNN reports that neither Farook nor Malik “were on any list of potentially radicalized people.” Malik passed a screening for her K-1 visa.
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