Islamic State group airs statement praising California mass shooting

Syed Farook, Tashfeen Malik

By The Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) _ The Islamic State group’s official radio station has aired a statement saying the mass shooting in California was carried out by two “supporters” of the extremist group.

While praising the attack, the group stopped short of claiming responsibility for it. The Al-Bayan report Saturday echoed a claim carried Friday by the IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency.

The radio report did not refer to Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik as actual members of the Islamic State group. Militants affiliated with IS who carry out attacks are commonly referred to in the group’s propaganda as “lions,” “fighters” or “mujahedeen.”         

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