CALIFORNIA: The couple who massacred 14 people at a California holiday party were discussing martyrdom online before they met in person and married last year, FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.
Comey, testifying at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there was yet no evidence that the marriage of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, who was born in the United States to Pakistani immigrants, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, who was born in Pakistan and lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia, was arranged by a militant group.
“They were actually radicalized before they started dating each other online, and as early as the end of 2013 they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged,” Comey said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that the couple, who were killed in a shootout with police a few hours after their attack on the party, were inspired by foreign terrorist organizations. Comey said it would be “very, very important to know” if their marriage last year had been arranged as a way to carry out attacks in the United States.