San Bernardino, CA — Following the tragic attack in San Bernardino that left 14 people killed and another 21 wounded, ISIS’s Military Council has issued a statement denying any connection with the fatal shooting. The leader of the Military Council, Yasin Raheem, released this statement with CBS News:
“ISIS had absolutely no formal involvement in the shooting in San Bernardino. We are insulted that infidels across the country believe that it was us who made that attack. If ISIS were to attack America, we would do far more damage. We would kill many more than just fourteen people. Such a low number is an insult and would be an embarrassment to our name.”
This statement references the growing suspicion among Americans that the attacks at a center for the developmentally disabled citizens of California were committed by the terror group ISIS. The motives of the two armed suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, have not yet been determined, but law enforcement are interviewing anyone who may have been in contact with them before the act occurred to gather more information. This process includes several people who had been in phone correspondence with them previous to the attack. Thousands of rounds of ammunition and even components to build bombs were also found in the homes of the two shooters. With ISIS making threats following the attacks in Paris on November 13th, Americans as well as the entire world are on high alert for a follow-up attack. With this attack occurring a few weeks after the tragedy in France, it is no wonder that some would draw a conclusion that ISIS may be behind the attacks. However, with the current information that has come to light, the reality of the situation is likely to the contrary.
Tom Downey, a political analyst for CBS News, said now with Yasin Raheem’s recent statement on behalf of ISIS denying the attack it calls into question what the shooters motives were in San Bernardino now more than ever.
“I could not begin to fathom why ISIS would target a center for the developmentally disabled, and the recent statement gives no closure at all as to why the shooting occurred. For now, it is best that we mourn the passing of fourteen lives and wait for more evidence to surface.”
“Americans need to understand that ISIS are just some guys in the desert, on the other side of the world, trying to run their own dysfunctional society and are the farthest thing from a serious force to be reckoned with,” Paul Horner, a White House correspondent told CBS News. “The more we give them credit or acknowledge them, the more they get what they are looking for, and that is attention and notoriety. The best thing that the American people can do to fight ISIS is to ignore them, be aware of your surroundings and not let fear win, especially by a backyard clubhouse run by a handful of insane individuals.”
ISIS extremists began celebrating the mass shooting in San Bernardino hours after the massacre, creating the hashtag #America_Burning. CBS News will continue to update this story as more news becomes available.