Syed Rizwan Farooq – one of the suspects in an armed attack on the people in the building Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino (California) – in 2013, twice with an unknown purpose, he visited Saudi Arabia and was linked through social networks with the Islamic extremists, reports the Associated Press referring to the representative of U.S. intelligence.
CNN TV channel with reference to its sources in the investigative authorities reports that FBI agents arrested one of the alleged «recruiters» Farouk.
2 December, three armed criminals in the building of the Inland Regional Center, which houses the offices of the organization involved in helping people with special needs, opened fire on people gathered for the Christmas holiday. The attackers fired from 65 to 75 shots. 14 people were killed and 21 were injured (the condition of ten victims from serious to critical).
— Massacre in California: the attack on the center Inland. Photo
Two suspects in the attack were later killed in a shootout with the police. They were 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farooq and 27-year-old Malik Tashfeen. The third suspect managed to escape.
The police chief County of San Bernardino Jarrod Burgan said at a press conference in the house of the gunman were discovered 12 improvised explosive devices, hundreds of components for bombs and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Bourgoin also said that the terrorists were planning to remotely actuate the left on the second floor of the building an explosive device. Their plan did not work due to technical malfunction «control panel». Police later found and defused the bomb.
Law enforcement officers traced the «origin» of the two rifles and two pistols that were used by criminals. These weapons were purchased legally, according to the ATF representative of Danette Seward.
U.S. President Barack Obama previously declared that the motives of the crime are not clear to him and called to revise American laws on the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, recognized in his speech at the White house: in San Bernardino, apparently, there was a terrorist attack.
Father said Farouk said that he learned about the incident from media reports, describing his son as «very religious Muslim». It is known that Saeed Farooq was born and raised in the U.S., was a specialist on the protection of the environment.
The California branch of the Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Council of southern California held a press conference during which he expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims of the attack and condemned the actions of the attackers.