The Islamic State’s menacing global impact spread dramatically Wednesday Dec. 2 with a spate of ISIS-related events in San Bernardino in California, Syria, Moscow, the British air base in Cyprus and IDF headquarters in Te Aviv.
Wednesday night, at least 14 people were killed and 17 injured in a multiple shooting at the San Bernardino regional center for the disabled in southern California. A federal law enforcement source revealed after a manhunt for the shooters, who were masked and wore body armor, that one of them was an American citizen, and did not rule out an act of international terrorism.
The ringleader who was killed was later named as Syed Farouk, a US citizen. A second suspect thought to be his brother is in custody. The third, a woman later identified as Tashfeen Malik, aged 27, and a life companion of Farouk, was also killed.
All three were loaded down with automatic rifles and pistols. Since Wednesday night bomb squads have been working on defusing three explosive devices left in one of the three buildings of the San Bernadino center after the shooting.
The disclosure shortly after the attack began that “one of the shooters is an American citizen whose identity is known” indicated that he was likely on a federal anti-terror watch list, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report. The anonymous FBI source’s comment that, “links to international terrorism are still on the table as the assailants could have been encouraged by a foreign terror group,” also indicated specific knowledge of the suspects’ background and motives.
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