Earlier today, the Islamic State claimed full responsibility on live radio for the actions of two of its followers who carried out Wednesday’s attack on a social services agency party which left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California.
The mass shooting happened around 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center where employees with the county health department were attending a holiday event. Police said at least two shooters opened fire, killing 14 people. Another 21 people were hurt. Many were wounded by bullets from the automatic-style rifles, but amongst the panic were able to escape.
This incident represents the very first terror attack by ISIS on the United States which launched its’ first airstrikes on the Islamic State in 2014. However, both gunmen were shot dead by police upon fleeing the crime scene.
The two murderers, a Pakistani couple named Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were reportedly followers of ISIS, at least according to the radio broadcast by an Islamic State media outlet.
The FBI has now said it is investigating the attack as “an act of terrorism”. Sources close to the investigation confirmed that they had found a message of support to Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The couple had stockpiled a huge weapons arsenal in their home including two high-powered assault rifles, handguns and more than 6,000 rounds of ammo.