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UNITY: A day after the shooting a multi-faith vigil was held

UNITY: A day after the shooting a multi-faith vigil was held

Terrorism and work-place issues among angles being explored in latest mass shootings

The FBI has taken over investigations into the latest mass shooting which left 14 dead and 21 wounded in San Bernardino, California.

The shooters were a husband and wife - Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27. They were killed in a shootout with police.

Bomb equipment, weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were later found in the attackers' home.

NATIONAL GUARD: Full military and police response was required

NATIONAL GUARD: Full military and police response was required

Colleagues said that Syed had an infant daughter and appeared to have arrived at a sweet-spot in life. They remembered him as a friendly amiable person with a quick smile, his devotion to his Muslim religion and earnest talk about cars he would restore.

There are various angles being explored by the FBI said US President Barack Obama after a briefing by the FBI chief.

“It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know,” said the president.

“It’s also possible that this was workplace-related.  And until the FBI has been able to conduct what are going to be a large number of interviews, until we understand the nature of the workplace relationship between the individual and his superiors - because he worked with the organisation where this terrible shooting took place - until all the social media and electronic information has been exploited, we’re just not going to be able to answer those questions.

UNITY: A day after the shooting a multi-faith vigil was held

UNITY: A day after the shooting a multi-faith vigil was held

“But what I can assure the American people is we’re going to get to the bottom of this and that we are going to be vigilant, as we always are, in getting the facts before we issue any decisive judgments in terms of how this occurred.”

Police said the couple had more than 1,600 bullets when they were killed by law enforcement officers, hours after 2nd December’s attack, and that the shooters had at home 12 pipe bombs, tools to make more explosives, and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

Farook had no criminal record and was not under scrutiny by local or federal law enforcement before the attacks.

However, federal investigators believed there was a “very serious” possibility that his wife radicalised her husband.

RESCUE: Emergency services help the injured

RESCUE: Emergency services help the injured

The attack took place at a Christmas party on 2nd December for employees of the San Bernardino public health department, at the Inland Regional Centre, which provides services for people with developmental disabilities.

Farook was a county restaurant inspector with the public health department.

The couple dropped their six-month-old daughter with Farook's mother in Redlands, according to an LA Times report. The grandmother reportedly grew worried when she heard about the shooting and attempted to reach her son by phone but failed.

FIRST RESPONDER: Lt Mike Madden of San Bernardino Police Dept was one of the first on the scene

FIRST RESPONDER: Lt Mike Madden of San Bernardino Police Dept was one of the first on the scene

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a US non-profit organisation which tracks gun violence, there have been 310 verified mass shootings in the country so far this year.

“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” said President Obama following the incident.

Despite several attempts during his presidency, Mr Obama has been unable to put tighter controls on the sale of guns in his country.

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FBI help in Bangladesh murder case

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DEMONSTRATION: Hundreds gathered following the death of Avjit Roy to protest the attack

DEMONSTRATION: Hundreds gathered following the death of Avjit Roy to protest the attack

Investigation continues into death of secular blogger, killed by machete- wielding assailant

America’s top crime agency has been called in to help investigate the murder of an American-Bangladeshi who was hacked to death in Dhaka last month.

Avijit Roy, an atheist blogger and engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was killed by machete-wielding assailants on Thursday 26th February as he returned from a book fair.

His wife, who also writes for the blog, suffered serious injuries, including the loss of a finger and head injuries.

Despite the main suspect being detained by the nation’s authority, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now been called in to help investigate the case.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman, Monirul Islam, said: “An FBI team might come to Dhaka this week to assist in our investigations of the killing of writer and blogger Avijit Roy.”

Roy had allegedly received death threats before his trip to Bangladesh from Islamists, with one online statement posted two months before his arrival, calling for his murder.

Bangladesh's anti-terrorism unit said it had arrested the main suspect in the case, Farabi Shafiur Rahman, in Dhaka on Monday.

Rahman has been jailed in the past for his ties to the extremist Hizbut Tahrir Islamist group and is reported to have confessed to the killing.

It is not the first time a secular blogger has been attacked in the South Asian nation.

In 2013, Muslim militants targeted several bloggers who had demanded capital punishment for Islamist leaders convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war for independence.

One blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was killed that year near his home in Dhaka after he led one such protest.

In 2004, secular writer and Dhaka University professor Humayun Azad was attacked while returning home from a Dhaka book fair and later died in Germany while undergoing treatment.

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Lawsuit claims FBI use ‘No-fly- list’ to coerce Muslims into informing

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A recently filed case on behalf of four American Muslims in a US district of New York, has accused the US attorney general, Eric Holder, the FBI director, James Comey, the homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, and two dozen FBI agents of creating an atmosphere where innocent Muslims are forbidden from flying.

The motive apparently was so that the FBI can use this as leverage to get them to snitch on their communities.

In recent years Muslim community leaders in the US have stated that they feel law enforcement at times considers them a target.

Material demonising Muslims and Islam has been present in FBI counter-terrorism training, which the bureau has conceded was inappropriate.

The New York police department recently shut down a unit tasked with spying on Muslim businesses, mosques and community centres in New York and New Jersey.

United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
The lawsuit seeks not only the plaintiffs’ removal from the no-fly list but also the establishment of a more robust legal mechanism to contest placement upon it.

“This policy and set of practices by the FBI is part of a much broader set of policies that reflect overpolicing in Muslim-American communities,” said Diala Shamas, one of the lawyers for the four plaintiffs.

The no-fly list is among the most opaque post-9/11 measures.

It is maintained by the FBI and implemented at airports by the Department of Homeland Security.

Few know they’ve been placed on it, and those who do face a complicated redress process to have
themselves removed. The new lawsuit alleges that the opacity contributes to watchlist abuse.

According to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Centre, which maintains the list, there were approximately 16,000 people, fewer than 500 of them Americans, on the no-fly list as of September 2011.

A larger pool of data that feeds the no-fly list and other government watchlists, known as the Terrorist Screening Database, contemporaneously contained records of 420,000 people. Famously it included Nelson Mandela until 2008. The government’s policy is to not to confirm or deny someone’s placement upon a watchlist.

Several earlier lawsuits have attempted to get people off the no-fly list.

In February Rahinah Ibrahim became the first since 9/11 to win such a case, after demonstrating that the FBI adder her name by mistake. She had been unable to fly since 2004.

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