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San Bernardino shooting suspects recently returned from Saudi: reports

Published December 3rd, 2015 - 07:19 GMT
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The LA Times reports that the two apprehended shooting suspects in the deadly San Bernardino shooting Wednesday were Syed Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old American citizen, and Tashfeen Malik, of unknown origin.

Farook reportedly traveled to Saudi Arabia six months ago and returned with a wife he had met online. He was employed as a health inspector at the San Bernardino County’s Public Health Department.

Farhan Khan, reportedly a brother-in-law of Farook, made a statement at the Islamic Center of Anaheim on Wednesday.

“I cannot express how sad I am,” said Khan. “I have no idea why he would do that…. I am in shock that something like this would happen. … My condolences to the people who lost their life.”

According to the Mediaite website, earlier reports named a third shooter of Qatari nationality, but these statements have been withdrawn

On Wednesday morning, shooters attacked a holiday party for San Bernardino health workers, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others. Both Farook and Malik were killed after exchanging fire with police. Another suspect is in custody.

Updates to follow.

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