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Source on California Attacks: ‘This Is the First of Many’

Syed Rizwan Farook

Syed Rizwan Farook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the wife in the husband-wife team that went on the rampage in San Bernardino, Calif.,  was a ring leader of a terrorist cell, and that she and her husband may have made and distributed bombs to other potential terrorists in America, a source familiar with the probe tells ticklethewire.com.

The couple,  Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were shot and killed after the shootings. Authorities believe that Farook met Malik online, then met her in person when he went to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage in 2013, CNN reports.  She later came to the U.S. on a fiance visa and became a legal permanent resident.

Media reports have said that the couple tried to destroy emails before they went on the shooting spree that killed 14 and wounded 21, and that Farook made contact with known Islamic extremists on social media.

Investigators are looking at their social media and emails to see if others were involved in the plot, and whether the couple communicated with other terrorists and distributed bombs to them that were manufactured at the couple’s home in Redlands, Calif., the source tells ticklethewire.com.

“Us hiding behind the fact that this doesn’t happen here, well, guess what, it just did,” said the source. “This is the first of many.”

Authorities are looking into the potential ties to ISIS.

In the past, terrorist groups have recruited males.

But the source said investigators are looking into the possibility that ISIS recruited the wife and arranged for a marriage with Farook.  Authorities believe she may have radicalized her husband.

Law enforcement authorities raided the couple’s home after the attack and found 12 bombs and materials to make a lot more. Authorities fear that some of the bombs made there have already been distributed to other terrorists in the U.S.,  who may be planning more attacks, the source said.

Some theorize that the husband-wife team left three pipe bombs that were made into one bomb with a detonator at the scene of the rampage in San Bernardino, hoping to detonate the bomb when responders arrived.

 

Fingerprint Links al Qaeda Bomb Maker to Underwear Bomber and Bombs in Printers

Ibrahim Hassan Al-Siri

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The hand of al Qaeda is on key evidence involving attempted terrorist attacks against the U.S.

The Associated Press reports that the fingerprints of al-Qaida’s top bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri in Yemen has been linked to the bomb hidden in the underwear of  a Nigerian man on Christmas day on a Detroit-bound flight in 2009.

And AP reported that the underwear bomb is chemically identical to the bombs hidden inside two printers that were shipped from Yemen to the U.S.

The wire service said the original fingerprint used for the match probably came from Saudi Arabia where al-Asiri and his brother were once arrested for terrorist activity.  AP reported that they were released and eventually fled to Yemen in 2006.