ISIS claim responsibility for California massacre

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  • ISIS announced on radio that the couple were followers of the terror group 
  • President Obama insisted today that the U.S. ‘will not be terrorized’  
  • The first photograph of the woman behind the San Bernardino massacre, Tashfeen Malik, 27, finally surfaced on Friday 
  • It was revealed as family claimed she wore a burka and didn’t speak to male relatives 
  • The FBI is now investigating the shooting which killed 14 and injured 21 at the Inland Regional Center as ‘an act of terror’
  • Investigators say Malik, 27, left a post on a Facebook page using an alias pledging allegiance to ISIS and its leader al-Baghdadi 
  • The couple were killed in a gun battle with police after the mass shooting
  • See our full news coverage of ISIS at www.dailymail.co.uk/isis

By Kelly Mclaughlin and Snejana Farberov and Khaleda Rahman For Dailymail.com and Ben Ashford And Ruth Styles In San Bernardino For Dailymail.com and Imogen Calderwood For Mailonline

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the California attack on a social services agency that left 14 people dead.

The terror group announced in an online radio broadcast that two ISIS followers had carried out the attack in San Bernardino on Wednesday.

‘Two followers of Islamic State attacked several days ago a center in San Bernardino in California,’ the group’s daily broadcast al-Bayan said.
U.S. government sources have said that there is no evidence the attack was directed by the militant group, or that the organization even knew who the attackers were.

The FBI is referring to the attack as an ‘act of terrorism’.

President Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to highlight the need for the country to crack down on gun laws.

We know that the kills in San Bernardino used military-style assault weapons – weapons of war – to kill as many people as they could,’ he said.

‘It’s another tragic reminder that here in America it’s way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.’

He added: ‘Right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane.

‘If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun.’

Mr Obama insisted that the United States ‘will not be terrorized’ and renewed his call for tighter gun control measures, in a weekly address that focused on the deadly shooting.

Mr Obama vowed that investigators would ‘get to the bottom’ of how and why the rampage occurred.

‘It is entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalized to commit this act of terror,’ he said.

‘We know that ISIL and other terrorist groups are actively encouraging people – around the world and in our country – to commit terrible acts of violence, often times as lone wolf actors.

‘All of us – government, law enforcement, communities, faith leaders – need to work together to prevent people from falling victim to these hateful ideologies.’

The first photograph of the Muslim mother-turned-killer, Tashfeen Malik, 27, who carried out the savage attack emerged on Friday.

Attorneys representing the couple’s family, Mohammad Abuershaid and Daniel Chesley, shed further insight into Malik’s life saying that she wore a burka, didn’t speak to male relatives and her in-laws had never seen her face.

At a press conference on Friday the attorneys also revealed that the Muslim couple met through a marriage and dating website some time in 2013 and wed in California the following year.

Abuershaid said that family members saw Malik as a ‘very private’, soft-spoken and caring housewife. He added that Malik spoke broken English.

‘They were very traditional. When family would come over, the women would sit with the women and the men would sit with the men, so the men had never spoken to her,’ Abuershaid said. ‘[Malik] wore a burka, so she was never seen by the men.’
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