FBI Director James Comey told a Senate hearing today that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were radicalized long before they started dating online.
As early as the end of 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they talked about her coming to the US, he said.
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Comey described the couple as “homegrown violent extremists” who were inspired by foreign terror groups.
Farook and Malik spent at least a year preparing for their terror attack, NBC News has learned, practicing at a local gun range and making financial plans for their family after their deaths. And the husband may have discussed an attack as many as three years ago, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.