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California shooter's father: I'm very sad about killings

Published 09/12/2015

FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee (AP)
FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee (AP)

The father of California shooting spree killer Tashfeen Malik says he condemns and regrets his daughter's action and the deaths in San Bernardino.

Gulzar Ahmad Malik said he is "very, very sad".

He spoke to The Associated Press by telephone from Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia. He says: "I am in such pain that I cannot even describe it."

The father says he recorded his statement with Saudi intelligence and that he wouldn't like to go beyond that.

The Saudi Interior Ministry has said that Gulzar Ahmed Malik has been a resident in the kingdom since the early 1980s. His daughter was from Pakistan but travelled to Saudi Arabia.

Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, opened fire on Farook's co-workers at a holiday party a week ago, killing 14 people.

FBI Director James Comey says the two shooters were radicalised at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013.

Mr Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee they were radicalised even before they met online.

The couple wed last year.

He also said the couple was inspired by foreign terror organisations and described them as "homegrown violent extremists."

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