- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2015

President Obama’s national security advisers told him Saturday that the attackers who killed 14 people in California this week were likely “radicalized” terrorists.

Mr. Obama received the briefing at the White House Saturday morning from FBI Director James B. Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

“The president’s team highlighted several pieces of information that point to the perpetrators being radicalized to violence to commit these heinous attacks,” the White House said.

Investigators haven’t uncovered any evidence that the killers “were part of an organized group or formed part of a broader terrorist cell,” the president was told. One of the shooters pledged her allegiance to the Islamic State in a posting on Facebook as the massacre unfolded.

The FBI added that, in coordination with local authorities, they are “utilizing all necessary resources to pursue any and all leads in their terrorism investigation,” the White House said.

Mr. Obama directed his team “to take all measures necessary to continue to protect the American people, which remains his highest priority,” the White House said.



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