Islamic State said on Saturday that the married couple who killed 14 people in a mass shooting in Southern California were its followers, and FBI agents raided a home apparently belonging to a friend of the husband.
Islamic State’s claim came in an online audio broadcast three days after U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire with assault rifles on a holiday party for civil servants in San Bernardino, 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.
The pair, who had left their six-month-old baby daughter with relatives, were killed two hours later in a shootout with police SWAT team members.
Federal agents tore through a garage door to search a house in Riverside, a few miles (km) southwest of San Bernardino, on a street where neighbors said Farook once lived.
An FBI spokeswoman confirmed agents made a “precautionary tactical entry” while serving a federal search warrant, but she declined to give details.
Neighbors named the man who lived there as Enrique Marquez and said he was often seen with Farook.
NBC News said the house belongs to a man who authorities believe bought the rifles used in the attack.
As investigators probe Wednesday’s rampage as an act of terrorism, the White House said President Barack Obama will address the nation on Sunday evening to update the public.
If the Dec. 2 mass shooting proves to have been the work of people inspired by Islamist militants, it would be the deadliest such attack in the United States since…