Religion could not have inspired ‘devout’ Muslim killer
The father of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, who launched yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in California together with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, insists that his son was ‘very religious’ and is ‘shocked’ at suggestions that religion may have been a motivating factor in the attack that saw at least 14 people killed and 21 injured.
Co-workers also expressed similar disbelief that religious extremism drove Farook, above, to kill. Griselda Reisinger, a former co-worker, said:
He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious.
Farook and Malik were killed on Wednesday, not during their attack on the San Bernadino Inland Regional Centre but during a bloody shootout with police. During that shootout and their attack on the centre, they wore tactical-style body armour and were equipped with multiple guns, all of which were obtained legally, according to San Bernardino police.
Police chief Jarrod Burguan said the couple also had an enormous amount of ammunition and 12 crude pipe bombs in their home, including “hundreds of tools” that could have been used to construct more bombs.
The couple also allegedly placed a pipe bomb at the centre, but the remote control they built to set it off did not work correctly and the device did not detonate.
FBI Los Angeles Assistant Director David Bowdich told reporters today:
There was obviously a mission here. We know that. We do not know why.
As authorities continue to probe the motivation for the attack, some noted that Farook had been involved in a workplace dispute at the Inland Centre, where a holiday party for his department was taking place.
The nature of that dispute has not been revealed, but Farook reportedly stormed out in anger before returning later with his wife, both dressed in tactical armor and donning assault rifles.