Ammunition and bombs found on shooting suspects in US

Ammunition and bombs found on shooting suspects in US

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The couple accused of killing 14 people an injuring 21 others at a holiday party in Southern California had more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition and a dozen pipe bombs on them and elsewhere.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who was described as his wife and mother of his 6-month-old daughter, were killed in a shootout with police five hours after Wednesday’s massacre at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in the city of San Bernardino.

Authorities are still trying to determine if the pair had links to Islamic militant groups.

But more details have emerged of the couple behind the well-planned attack.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a news conference this morning that a search of a townhouse in nearby Redlands believed used by Farook and Malik yielded flash drives, computers and cellphones.

Officials in Washington familiar with the investigation said so far there was no hard evidence of a direct connection between the shooters and any militant group abroad but that the electronics would be checked to see if the couple had been browsing on jihadist websites or social media.

Farook, a U.S. citizen, was born in Illinois, the son of Pakistani immigrants, according to Hussam Ayloush, who heads the Los Angeles area chapter of the Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Meanwhile State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Malik had been granted a “fiancee visa” to come to the United States with Farook and that all applicants for the visa are fully screened.

Witnesses said Farook had been at the holiday party, left – possibly after a dispute with someone – returned with Malik and opened fire.

Mr Burguan said they sprayed the room with 65 to 70 rounds.

He has also confirmed the couple had two assault-style rifles, two handguns and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in their vehicle when they were killed.

At the townhouse, police found another 4,500 rounds, 12 pipe bombs and bomb-making equipment.

The guns were legally purchased in the United States, said Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Two of them were purchased by someone “associated with this investigation,” while the buyer of the other two was not linked to the investigation, she said.

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