- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

The shooting spree by a Muslim couple that killed 14 and seriously wounded 21 Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif. is officially being investigated as a terrorist act, the lead FBI investigator in the case said Friday.

David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles Office, told reporters in an afternoon briefing that the determination was made given the extensive planning, the high-powered weaponry and the amount of armaments worn by Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani-born wife Tashfeen Malik in carrying out the killing.

“As of today, based on the information and the facts as we know them, we are investigating this horrific crime as an act of terrorism,” Mr. Bowdich said, saying many questions remain unanswered about the motives of the killers and what contacts they had with other terrorists either domestically or overseas.

Mr. Bowdich said Farook and his wife tried to destroy their digital trail by crushing their cellphones and tossing them into a public trashcan, but the phones have been retrieved and FBI investigators are extracting information from them.

President Obama has taken a very cautious approach to the San Bernardino massacre, acknowledging the possibility of a link to terrorism but focusing more on the availability of guns.

• David R. Sands can be reached at dsands@washingtontimes.com.

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