2015 San Bernardino attack

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2015 San Bernardino attack

Post by weasel666 on Sat 07 Oct 2017, 12:09



On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 others were seriously injured in an attack consisting of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and Christmas party of about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. Farook was a U.S.-born citizen of Pakistani descent, who worked as a health department employee. Malik was a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident of the United States. After the shooting, the couple fled in a rented sport utility vehicle (SUV). Four hours later, police pursued their vehicle and killed them in a shootout. According to the FBI's investigation, the perpetrators were "homegrown violent extremists" inspired by foreign terrorist groups. They were not directed by such groups and were not part of any terrorist cell or network. FBI investigators have said that Farook and Malik had become radicalized over several years prior to the attack, consuming "poison on the internet" and expressing a commitment to jihadism and martyrdom in private messages to each other. Farook and Malik had traveled to Saudi Arabia in the years before the attack. The couple had amassed a large stockpile of weapons, ammunition, and bomb-making equipment in their home. Enrique Marquez Jr., a friend and former neighbor of Farook, was investigated in connection with his purchase of the two rifles used in the attack. Marquez was arrested on December 17, 2015, and charged with three federal criminal counts: conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism, making a false statement in connection with acquisition of firearms, and immigration fraud. Federal prosecutors allege that in 2011, Farook and Marquez conspired to carry out shooting and bombing attacks, which they abandoned at the time. Three other people, including Farook's brother and sister-in-law, were arrested in relation to the immigration fraud charge on April 28, 2016. Before the 2016 attack at Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, it was considered the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[8] However, the 2017 Las Vegas Massacre in which Stephen Paddock (a 64-year old man from Mesquite, Nevada) shot and killed 58 country music concert goers, is now considered the deadliest mass shooting incident[9][10] and the deadliest terrorist attack to occur in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks. wrote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_San_Bernardino_attack

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