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for theirst time right here tonight, the face of the young mother who authorities say became a killer. we learned today pledging allegiance to the leaders of isis on facebook. the deadliest terror attack since 9/11. our camera inside that couple's home. the town house where police found weapons, ammunition, explosives, video showing computers, shredded papers, copies of the koran. and right there, thebaby's crib. the survival story, the young woman hiding under a table, then face to face with the shooter. how she made it out alive. and then tonight tracking terror here at home. the fbi warning for months about isis and its threat to kill americans. asking how did this couple go undetected. > from abc news, this is a special edition of "world news tonight" with david muir.
bernardino, california. >> good evening tonight from california. and we begin this evening with several breaking developments. the first picture of that young wife who authorities say turned into a killer. her message to isis moments before the rampage. and the fbi now saying they are in fact investigating an act of terrorism. here's that new image tonight, the young mother described by the rest of the family as a quiet housewife who spoke broken english, who then left her 6-month-old baby authorities say to unleash a deadly rampage. the video of their shootout. the young wife firing out the back window after posting on facebook pledging her allegiance to isis. and the nursery, the baby toys, there were also shredded documents. the computer. we now know the couple destroying the hard drive and crushed cell phones found in the trash. and our new interview right here tonight with the couple's family
in pledging support for isis. did they see any signs of trouble. we begin with brian ross. >> reporter: within moments of murdering 14 people at her husband's holiday office party, tashfeen malik went on facebook to declare her allegiance to is. the fbi admitted today it was not aware of the key clue until late thursday when facebook executives notified them. >> yes, there was a pledge of allegiance. >> reporter: ever since the surprising discovery of the body of a female shooter in the bullet-riddled getawaw car, authorities have been unraveling the mystery of how and why a 29-year-old mother of a baby daughter turned into a cold-blooded terrorist. malik was born in pakistan, but moved d th her parents to saudi arabia at the age of four. she returned to pakistan to attend college where officials today described her as a brilliant student who wanted to be a pharmacist. her marriage to syed farook last
matrimonial website and had an engagement party in mecca, saudi arabia, while they were on hajj. malik gave an address in this pakistani town when she applied for her american fiancee visa in 2014, an address abc news today discovered does not exist. and now u.s. officiaia are questioning whether she was the one who radicalized her husband. >> i don't know the answer, whether she influenced him or not. being a husband myself we're all influenced to o extent. but i don't know the answer. >> reporter: farook too was well educated. after attending high school and college in california, he started a master's degree prram but did not compte it. he twice traveled to saudi arabia and pakistan n 2013 and '14, and a co-worker told david muir farook came back a different man. >> i think when he returned, he started being more -- appearing more as a muslim, in the sense
>> reporter: now the search is one for others who may have been involved in the bibiest terror attack in the u.s. since 9/11. and authorities are now tracking the person who bought the two high-pered assault rifles used in the attack, and thth sold them or turned them over to farook. >> brian joins me now from new york. brian, the fbi today said the couple may have had direct contact with known terr suspects? >> that's right, david. fbi offifials said onef the husband/wife killing team was in telephone contact with other terror suspects. increasingly law enforcement officials tell abc news tonight, they believe it was the wife who was the instigator of this attack, that she radicalized her husband and led him down the road to jihad, david. >> so much focus on this wife tonight. brian ross leading us off. again, brian, thank you. we have a very rare look inside the home, so soon after the fbi was there poring through everything. our team there where the young
see snapshots of their secret life. the crib, stuffed animals, feet away, shredder documents destroyed. in the closet, baby shoes, and this, a can of gun cleaner. matt was inside where authorities discovered the arsenal big enough for another attack. matt, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. being inside that house was disturbing. you get a sense of a life lived ordinary parents, and d adly killerer trying to open the door, the owner revealing the remnants of that other life. we can see a doorr that's been ripped in half. tremendous mess here. kitchen, cookware on the counter, a bottle of pepto next to baby food, dishes still in the sink. overnight the fbi had turned the home over to its owner to allow reporters to view the rental property. right there, on the coffee table, inventory list of items
christmas lights, an sd card, and dozens of boxes of ammunition. upstairs, in the baby's room, diapers, o`en suitcases, shredded paper, and a prayeye rug. so this appears to be both the nursery, you can see the crib right there, and something that doubles as an office. clearly this station right here must have been of enormous interest to investigators. the printer here, the keyboard remains. display as well. but, of course, the guts of the computer have been taken away by the authorities. and there in the closet beside a few shirts, those silver baby shoes. up above, gun cleaner. walking through this house, one of the most shocking things that you notice is the combination and juxtapositionof children's toys, family pictures, holy bookok and the other thingsshat re left in this house, thousands of rounds of ammunition. and, of course, 12 pipe bombs. in this neighborhood, disbelief.
heard that syed farook lived right here? >> yes. >> reporter: he had an unusually large number of packaged delivered to this house. >> what he did to his own family, to his daughter, to our family, to the people there, no, i won't forgive him. >> reporter: farook's sister denied any knowledge of the couple's plot. >> i wonder if i had called them that morning, how he was doing, what he was up to, if i had any inclination, maybe i could have stopped it. >> reporter: the family revealing that farook was different with his beard. there was nototng else that botherer him. they were aware he had guns locked up. and that she was a typical housewife, spoke broken english, and was not a pharmacist here in the u.s. when he left the babab with his mother,e said he was going to
rampage. now, the lawyer also saying faroro's wife chose not to drive, and that his brothers never saw her face, because she wore a burka. david? >> matt gutman here with me in southern california tonight. matt, thank you. our team with the family of syed farook marrying that woman he met in saudi arabia. revealing their own shock tonight to that young wife's pledge to isis. they thought the couple was happy raising their 6-month-old baby. and here's what we were just told. >> reporter: when you hear the news that tashfeen pledged allegiance to al baghdadi, what do you think? >> i don't even know who that is, first of all. i don't know who e's pledging allegiance to and why she's doing it. >> repororr: when you hear she's pledged her allegiance to the leader of isis -- >> that's shocking.
i mean, like why would she do that? and how would she even know, you know, who he is. >> how is she connected to that. >> information like that, it's just shocking to me. why w wld she say, oh, good job, or something, you know. just terrible. >> reporter: she's never before ever said anything about him or about isis? >> no, never. never. she'sever mentioned any political thing. >> reporter: as a couple, tashfeen and syed, were they a happy couple? a happy marriage? they have this beautiful 6-month-old littltl girl. >> yeah, they were happy. >> yeah. always happy with each other. >> they spent a lot of time with her. they kept to themselves a lot. they were a good couple. we thought thatt they went together well. >> they were private. there's a lot of people very private, so it's none o our business. they were private. but yes, they were together.
they were e ry together. loving to their daughter. >> reiterating their belief that there were never any signs of real anger inside that home. tonight the fbi revealing there is evidence this couple was, though, radicalized, inspired by an overseas terror group. no evidence they were part of a larger sleeper cell here in america. but tonight i want to bring in justice correspondent pierre thomas. director comby had a strong message today. >> we know this is very united statat. what wee hope you will do is not let fear become disabling. >> there were reports that a neighbor actually saw packages being devered to that home, but didn't want to say anything, family. but pierre, it seems the fbi director today urgingmericans to make the call if they see something. >> yes, david. the director said giviv the spike in mass shootings, a very real potential of terror, the
afford to ignore warning signs and that lawsuit needs the public's help. there are indications tonight that associates and friends notice the suspicious behavior of the couple, but never notified police, david. >> erre, we also know the fbi reassuring americans knowing ere are no known credible threats against the homeland that they know of. but when you see the scope of the arsenal discovered inside that home, a lot of people are going to be asking, how did authorities miss this couple? >> the couple was in contact with terrorism suspects. the fbi had some suspicion of. but director comey said there was nothing unusual about those suspects. to be clear, the cououe was not under any fbi investigation, david. the fbi director said they simply had no clue of the devastation that was coming, david. >> they were not onhe radar. pierre thomas again with us tonight. pierre, thank you. we're also learning more about the four minutes of terror in
assault weapons found in that black suv riddled with bullets. 6,100 rounds of ammunition. and of course, the remote-controlled bomb that never detonated, left behind at the holiday party. did they intend to set that off just as rescuers arrived? cecilia vega revealing the moment the killer stood over her as she wondered, would she survive this. >> reporter: it was over nearly as quickly as it started. four minutes of shear terror. >> it was a pop, pop, pop sound, mull pl gunshots. >> reporter: his wife was in that conference room, packed for a meeting and a holidaparty. >> if she left 30 seconds prior, all the people she was sitting with, they're all killed. >> reporter: her colleague sitting right there, too, until he mysteriously left. today this is still a crime scene. this is as close as we can get to the roonl in there. this is what we know. when those shooters ce back
they had extra a ao with them,, and they were ready to kill. and that's what they did. syed and his wife bursting in through a patio doorl unloading at least 65 rounds. anisa kandahar hid in a bathroom. >> nobody came out from the bathroom. she warned, they closed the door. >> reporter: amandaaell to the ground, hididnder a table, closed her eyes and didn't move. the shooters fired right at her. her family saying tonight the attackers could have easily shot her in the head, but we are so grateful to god they shot her in the l l and arm instead. they are still treating survivors in this hospital here behind me, and all 14 people killed raging in age from 26 to 60. they were mothers, fathers,est frieies. devastated. >> cecilia vega here with us tonight as well. thank you. we turn to the race for 2016,
candidate, of course, as terror now dominates the headlines. donald trump now pulling ahe. trump with the biggest lead since getting into the race. 36% now. ted cruz taking second with 16%. edging out carson with 14%, rubio with 12%. here's abc's tom yamas. >> reporter: republican voters are turning to donald trump. yesterday predicting his support will only grow. >> sadly, every time, every single time there's a trtredy, my poll numbers go up. because they feel that i am going to take care of them, and they feel they want strength. >> reporter: the new poll with trump way ahd, taken before the san bernardino rampage. but after the horrific attacks in paris. trump's message to the terrorists? crass, but blunt. >> this is a vicio group of animals. we've got to knock the cram out of them. i would bomb the [ bleep ] out of them. waterboarding is just fine.
>> reporter: trump says americans know he would protect the homeland. 46% say trump is the candidate best equipped to handle isis, and 42% think he would be the most effective at solving the world's problems. the other candidates surging as the country grapples with the terror threat. ted cruz visiting a gun range in iowa. >> you don't stop bad guys by taking away our gun. you stop b b guys by using our guns. >> reporter: david, that new national poll revealing something else interesting. trump, carson, cruz, rubio, even jeje bush in a statistical tie with hillary clinton. more ahead on this friday. other news of the evenin word about the e. coli scare at a restaurant change much larger than we first thought.
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they would have gotten off the metro and come right i ihere to the urfa station. butt some women, like accused killer tashfeen malik, want to be fighters themselves. these two former roommates from queens arrested earlier this year accused of planning to build a bomb for an attack in the u.s. another u.s. woman accused of telling an isis fighter she met would bebemazing. a girir can only wishsh but for a mother to leave a 6-month-old baby to carry out what she surely must have known was a suicide attack seems incomprehensible. >> they're prioritizing martyrdom over all other aspects of their life, including raising a family. >> reporter: they say women should just play a supportive role in isis, but in recent months, clearly women have taken on far more active rolls. david? >> eye-opening numbers tonight. martha, thank you. when we come back, we'll
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