US officials search for missed red flags ahead of shootings

Dec 11, 2015 12:07 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government appears not to have picked up on extremist messages exchanged during the online courtship two years ago between the American-born man accused in the California shootings and his then-fiancée in Pakistan. That's according to lawmakers detailing closed-door briefings Thursday by federal officials on Capitol Hill.

American officials say 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, 29-year-old Tashfeen Malik, discussed martyrdom and jihad online as early as 2013. But the couple never surfaced on law enforcement's radar and Malik was able to enter the U.S. on a fiancée visa last year despite having professed radical views online.

The two killed 14 people last week at a holiday party in San Bernardino. The couple died in a shootout with law enforcement hours after the attack.

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