The FBI is calling this week’s deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino “an act of terrorism”.
This from David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, who announced this significant development at a news conference in California today.
He says there were clear signs they were trying to destroy their “digital fingerprints”.
The FBI also confirmed that 28-year-old American born Syed Farook and his 27-year-old wife, Tashfeen Malik, were not under surveillance or on the terrorist list.
They did not specify the evidence which led them to conclude this is an act of terrorism, but did say they continue to investigate the motive of the shooters and whether they were planning more attacks.
Earlier today we reported that Malik was believed to have pledged her allegiance to ISIS.
However, it’s unclear whether the killers were inspired by ISIS, or directed by ISIS.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.