FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Radicalized Before They Met

Tashfeen Malik, Syed Farook
This July 27, 2014 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, as they passed through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The husband and wife died on Dec. 2, 2015, in a gun battle with authorities several hours after their assault on a gathering of Farook's colleagues in San Bernardino, Calif. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

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.

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