From DAILY MAIL
The woman who took part in the ISIS-inspired San Bernardino massacre is linked to her native country’s most notorious radical mosque, American officials believe.
Sources have told Daily Mail Online that US officials handed over information to their Pakistani counterparts about links between Tashfeen Malik and the Red Mosque in Islamabad.
The mosque is infamous for its links to violence and authorities in Pakistan are now considering taking action against its preacher, Maulana Abdul Aziz, after the disclosures by US officials.
It is unclear currently how law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the US have connected Malik to the mosque.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack on Wednesday, a US intelligence official told Daily Mail Online that his agency was investigating Sayeed Farook’s ties to known terror groups abroad, saying: ‘The United States will leave no stone unturned.
‘This is what we do. If he has ever communicated with ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, or any other known Islamic threat group, we’ll find out.’
Malik is now known to have proclaimed her loyalty to ISIS shortly before the attack.
American officials have now held crisis talks with one of Pakistan’s most senior figures Shahbaz Sharif, brother of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, at the country’s High Commission in London, sources revealed.
Sources with knowledge of the meeting told Daily Mail Online that the US had handed over ‘some proofs’ of links to the Red Mosque, known in Urdu as Lal Masjid.
Pakistani authorities were described as ‘seriously thinking’ of how to take action against Aziz, the chief cleric of the mosque.
Malik was born in Pakistan and lived there until the age of two then raised in Saudi Arabia, where she lived in Riyadh where her father, Gulzar Ahmed Malik is thought still to live.
Saudi sources told ABC News that she had traveled back and forward between the two countries.
She returned to Pakistan in 2010 to study pharmacy at the Bahauddin Zakariyah University in Multan. The city, in the south of the Punjab, is believed to be where her family originally came from.
Public records show that she was a high-achieving student.
There are conflicting accounts of her educational achievements. She completed a three-year master’s degree in pharmacy. Read More