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No Sign Mass Shooter Was Radicalized in Saudi Arabia: Official



    This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Tashfeen Malik. Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, died in a fierce gunbattle with authorities several hours after their commando-style assault on a gathering of Farook's colleagues from San Bernardino, Calif., County's health department Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.

    Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki told The Associated Press authorities there have received no indication Tashfeen Malik was radicalized in Saudi Arabia.

    Al-Turki said Saudi records show she was not a resident of Saudi Arabia and had been to the kingdom only twice in her life. On both trips, she came to visit her family, once in 2008 for several weeks and the second time in 2013 for four months.

    Malik and her American-born husband were killed Wednesday in a shootout with police hours after the couple opened fire on a gathering of Syed Rizwan Farook's colleagues from the San Bernardino County public health department. Fourteen people were killed, dozens were injured.

    The Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Sunday to The Associated Press that Malik's father — Gulzar Ahmed Malik — has been a resident in the kingdom since the early 1980s. However, Saudi laws do not permit authorities to release further details about him since he is not a suspect.

    Al-Turki said millions of foreigners work and live in Saudi Arabia, with many enrolling their children in schools in the kingdom. He said he has not heard of any cases of them being radicalized.