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Explosives found @ home of couple that killed 14 in california

Police found thousands of rounds of ammunition for multiple types of guns at the scene. Photo: AP
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The attackers who killed 14 people and wounded 21 at a social services centre in California had an arsenal of weaponry in their home, police said.

Bomb equipment, weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found by police in a raid after a shootout that killed the two suspects.

Authorities still have not found a motive in the attack by Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.

Police said the attack indicated there had been "some degree of planning".

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said it appeared that the duo was prepared to carry out another attack.

"There was obviously a mission here. We know that. We do not know why. We don't know if this was the intended target or if there was something that triggered him to do this immediately," said David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office.

In the shootout with police hours after the attack, Farook and Malik fired 76 rounds of ammunition at the officers and the officers fired 380 rounds back.

Two police officers were injured during the pursuit.

It marks the deadliest mass shooting in the US since 26 people were killed at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

Authorities are expected to start releasing the names of the victims on Thursday.

President Barack Obama said the FBI had taken over the investigation from local authorities.

"It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don't know. It's also possible that this was workplace-related," Mr Obama said.

The FBI cautioned that authorities needed time to investigate. But many Republican presidential candidates such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were convinced it was terrorism.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told the BBC said the information already made public points to terrorism.

"I would characterise this as a terrorist attack," he said. "Workplace attacks are a lot more spontaneous, they're not planned their not premeditated, they normal involve one person, they never involve pipe bombs."

Law enforcement officials are also looking at possible "co-conspirators" and have been in touch with the suspects' relatives.

Farook, who was born in the US, was not "on the radar" of law enforcement, Mr Burguan said.

An SUV with its windows shot out that police suspect was the getaway vehicle from at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, California is shown in this aerial photo December 2, 201Police riddled a black SUV - identified earlier as the getaway car - with bullets, killing two suspects

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan: "There appears to be a degree of planning that went into this"

He worked for the past five years as a restaurant inspector for the San Bernardino County Health Department. The Los Angeles Times reported that co-workers said he was a devout Muslim but rarely discussed his religion.

He and Malik were recently married and had a six-month-old baby, who they dropped off at its grandmother's house before the attack.

On Wednesday, Farook and his colleagues were attending a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.

Co-worker Patrick Baccari said he was sitting at the same table as Farook before he abruptly left, leaving his coat.

Wearing military-style clothing and armed with assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns, Farook returned with Malik a short time later to open fire.

When the shooting started, Mr Baccari took refuge in a bathroom and was hurt when shrapnel sliced through the wall.

"If I hadn't been in the bathroom, I'd probably be laying dead on the floor," he said.

6 Responses to “Explosives found @ home of couple that killed 14 in california”

  • mary j (03/12/2015, 19:10) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply

    This happens everyday on American streets.
  • yellow (03/12/2015, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Motive matters. If the motive is animated by religious zealotry, it seems that no amount of gun control laws would thwart the perpetrator.
  • Pb (04/12/2015, 03:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whether you are Christian, Muslim, mentally ill, anti-abortion, black or white, an urban resident, a hermit, or a policemen, we in America have learned the principal lesson of the mighty NRA well:

    Guns are not the problem, guns are the solution
  • big bird (04/12/2015, 04:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Or try this: disgruntled employee snaps once too often
  • rc (04/12/2015, 04:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm sooo confused. He lived with his mother, and she didn't notice the arsenal and military garb that he and his wife were collecting?? Really? No one noticed anything was odd...? Seriously
  • FALSE FLAG (08/12/2015, 03:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    FALSE FLAG, RESEARCH SANDY HOOK SHOOTING YOU JOURNALIST


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