12 bombs found at house of San Bernardino suspects, motive still unclear

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Twelve pipe bomb-like devices and thousands of bullets were found at the home of the man and woman who carried out a shooting attack on a San Bernardino social service facility, although the motive is not yet known, police say.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, speaking at a Thursday morning press conference, said the two suspects fired between 65 and 75 rounds during Wednesday’s attack on the Inland Regional Center. A remote-controlled explosive device, consisting of three pipe bombs, was left at the scene but did not explode.

Burguan said 12 additional pipe bomb-like devices were found at the Redlands home of the suspects, along with tools to construct IEDs and thousands of rounds of ammunition. He said all four guns used in the attack were legally purchased, and suspect Syed Farook had no criminal record.

Both the police chief and an FBI official declined to elaborate on a possible motive, but indicated that the suspects were well-prepared. “There was obviously a mission here .. we do not know why,” said David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Bowdich said the two suspects, Farook and Tashfeen Malik, had entered the United States together in July 2014, after which they married and had a child together. Farook is a U.S. national but Malik is a Pakistani citizen who was staying in the United States on a K-1 visa, which allows foreigners to enter the U.S. to marry an American citizen.

Wednesday’s shooting attack in San Bernardino left 14 people dead and wounded 21 others. Farook and Malik were both killed in a subsequent gun battle that also injured two police officers, though neither were seriously injured.

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