Recent reports surrounding the Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik have pointed to evidence suggesting that the couple became radicalized Islamists in the past few years before their rampage at San Bernardino. In a new report from CNN, sources from the investigation have said that Malik pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook during the attack.
Moments ago CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto took to Twitter to report the following:
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 4, 2015
Watch the above report from CNN. This is a developing story and we will update this post as more becomes known.
UPDATE – 11:15 A.M. EST CNN’s report indicate that although authorities have not yet announced how they made the connection, Malik used an alias account when she pledged her loyalty to al-Baghdadi. While the couple supposedly watched ISIS propaganda videos, details also remain scarce on their self-radicalization, and it is currently unknown whether they were acting on their own or taking instructions from other ISIS members.
Sciutto also noted that investigators thought the couple might have been trying to cover up their digital tracks. Officials found that a number of cell phones were destroyed in their house, and hard drives were missing from their computers.
UPDATE – 1:52 P.M. EST Facebook executives have told the Associated Press that Malik posted her salute to ISIS just as the attacks began:
AP NEWSALERT: WASHINGTON: Facebook executive: Online post praising terror group came as Calif. attacks began: https://t.co/PMp611U1TU
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 4, 2015
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