California mass shooting: Two suspects indentified

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Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were identified as the shooters involved in the attack that left at least 14 persons killed and wounded several others in California, according to US media on 3 December.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Farook was US born, while Malik’s nationality was still not determined. The duo was in a relationship, possibly married or engaged. Dressed in assault-style clothing, the couple also placed several bombs at various locations.

Public records show a man with the same name worked as a health specialist for San Bernardino County, where the shooting took place. The Los Angeles Times said two police officers also spelled out the suspect’s name as Syed Farook.

A man with the same name is also listed as living at the complex where the suspects of 2 December’s shooting were tracked down. The attack occurred during a holiday party held at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, a facility providing services to disabled people.

A manhunt began soon that ended with the police shooting down the couple. The police threw no light on the cause for the attack. However, FBI Los Angeles office assistant director David Bowdich said the bureau is looking at many possibilities, including workplace violence and terrorism.

One police officer was hurt in the gunfight with the two suspects, who were encountered in their vehicle on fleeing the scene, according to police.

The attack at a holiday party on the campus of a social services agency marked the deadliest US violence since Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in December 2012 in which 27 people were killed.

The attack gains significance as it comes three weeks after the terror attacks in Paris.

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