Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to ISIS online, according to a breaking news report by both Reuters and CNN. The report cited three U.S. officials as sources for the information. The wife of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook is believed to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad.
The ISIS pledge of allegiance by Tashfeen Malik was reportedly posted to Facebook under an account with a different username. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the self-proclaimed leader of the caliphate, according to Fox News. Little is yet known about the 29-year-old Malik. Questions have emerged regarding the inability of news outlets to garner a photo of the now alleged ISIS jihadist. According to Fox News, law enforcement officials have not yet issued such a photo and have offered no reasons as to why. No images have been shared by the family of Syed Farook and just two photos of a woman pictured with Farook, believed to be Tashfeen, have surfaced on social media.
The Tashfeen Malik ISIS posted on Facebook under a different username has now reportedly been removed and the account name has not yet been released to media outlets. The San Bernardino shooters reportedly attempted to destroy their cell phones and other electronic devices before the shooting massacre or shortly before getting into a firefight with police.
“Tashfeen remains the biggest mystery,” a leader of the Pakistani-American Muslim community in the San Bernardino area told Fox News. “She’s the one no one knows anything about and has little to no presence on the Internet or having interacted with others in the Muslim community.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Syed Farook was radicalized and communicated online with more than one terrorism suspect under investigation by the FBI. The home rented by the San Bernardino shooters was deemed an “IED factory” by law enforcement investigators who searched the residence.
FBI agents have found about 5,000 rounds of ammunition, at least one dozen pipe bombs and hundreds of tools for making IEDs (improvised explosive devices) inside the property home. The Inquisitr has also previously reported that Tashfeen Malik, was trained as a pharmacist and spent her days as a stay-at-home mother to the couple’s six-month-old baby girl before the San Bernardino shootings.
Anti-terrorism task force and FBI investigators reportedly believe that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik likely met during a visit to the Middle East two years ago for the Hajj, an annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca. All devout Muslims are reportedly required to go on the Mecca pilgrimage at least once in their lives.
Malik was granted a fiancee visa and given permission to live in the United States after getting engaged to Farook. They reportedly dropped off their infant daughter with Syed’s mother the morning of the San Bernardino shooting. Farook and Malik reportedly lied to the mother and said they had to go to a doctor’s appointment that day and needed a babysitter.
Syed Farook worked as an environmental inspector San Bernardino County in California for five years. In 2003, Farook reportedly earned a $53,000 taxpayer-funded salary. Some news reports indicate his current salary was around $70,000. He graduated from California State University San Bernardino with an environmental health degree in 2009.
Neighbors of Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook told reporters that in recent weeks a significant increase of activity at their home had occurred. According to statements made by neighbors to the media, a multitude of Middle Eastern-looking individuals had been seen entering and leaving the home at all hours. The witnesses also said that a plethora of packages had been delivered to the home recently. Some neighbors thought perhaps the deliveries were due to online Christmas shopping. At least one neighbor said fear of being labeled a racist or Islamophobic prevented a phone call to the police to report the unusual activity.
Check back with the Inquisitr for more details about the Tashfeen Malik ISIS report as additional details emerge in this San Bernardino shooting story.
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