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isis on facebook. theeadliest 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, the baby'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 fbibi 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 toght" with david muir. reporting tonight from san bernardino, california. >> good evening tonight from california. and we begin this evening with several breaking developments.
wife who authorities say turned into a killer. her message to isis moments before the rampage. and the fbi now saying they are terrorism. here's thatew image tonight, the young mother described by the rest of the family as a quiet housewife who spokeroken 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 c couple destroying the hard drive and crushed cell phone found in the trash. and our new interview right here tonight with the couple's family and their reaction just coming in pledging support for isis. did they see anyigns of trouble.
>> reporter: within moments of murdering 14 people at her husband's h holiday oice party, tashfeen malik went on facebook to declare her allegiance to isis. the fbi admitted today it was not aware of the key clue until la thursday when facebook executives notified them. >> yes, there was a pledge of allegiance. >> reporter: ever since the surprising dcovery of the body of a female shooter in the bull-riddled getaway car, authorities have been unraveling the mysty 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 with 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 year came after she met him on a matrimonial website and had an engagement party in mecca, saudi arabia, while they were on hajj.
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. officials are questioning whether she was the one who radicalized her husband. >> i don't know the answswer, whether she influeuenced himr not. being a husband myself we're all influenced to an extent. but i don't know the answe >> reporter: farook too was well educated. after attending high school and college in california, he started a master's degree program but did not complete it. he twice traveled to saudi arabia and pakistan in 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 -- appeari more as a muslimim, in the sense of a big beard. >> reporter: now the search is one for othersrs who mayave been involved in the biggesest terror attack in the u.s. since 9/11.
tracking the person who bought the two high-powered assault rifles used in theattack, and then solold them or turned them over to farook. >> bri joins me now from new york. brian, the fbi today said the couple may have had direct suspects? >> that's rit, david. fbi officials said one of 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 thehe 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 couple lived with their baby, we see snapshots of their secret life. the crib, stuffed animals, feet away, shredder documents destroyed.
this, a can of gun cleaner. matt was inside where authoritities disvered the arsenal big enough for another attack. matt, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. disturbing. you get a sense of a life lived by ordinary parents, and deadly killers. trying to open the or, the owner realing the remnants of that other life. we can see a door that't's been ripped in half. tremendous mess here. kitchen, cookware o the counter, a bottle of pepto next to baby food, d dishes still in the sink. overnight the fbi had turned the home over to its owner to allow reporters to view theental property. right there, on the coffee table, inventory list of items removed. christmas lights, an sd card, and dozens of boxes of ammunition.
diapers, open suitcases, 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 bebeen 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 juxtaposition offchildren's toys, family pictures, holy bos, and the other things that were left inhis house, thousands of rounds of ammunition. and, of course,2 pipe bombs. in this neighborhood, disbelief. were you surprised when you heard that syed farook lived right here? >> yes.
large number of packaged delivered to this house. >> wt he did to his o 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 stopped it. >> reporter: the family revealing that farook was different with his beard. there was nothing else that bothered 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 baby with his mother, he said he was going to the doctor with the stomach flu. instead, he went on that rampage. now, the lawyer also saying farook's wife chose not to
ver saw her face, because she wore a burka. david? >> matt gutman here with me in southern california tonight. matt, thank you. our team wh 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. d here's what we were just told. >> reporter: when you hear the news that tashfeen pledged allegiance to al baghdadi, whatt do you think? >> i don't even know who that is, first of all. i don't know who she's pledging allegiance to and why she's doing it. >> reporter: when you hear she's pledged her allegiance to the leader of isis -- >> that's shocking. >> that's shocking. i mean, like why would she do that? and how would she even know, you
>> how is she connected to that. >> information like that, it's just shocking to me. why would she say, oh, good job, or something, you know. just terrible. >> reporter: she's never before ever said anythi about him or about isis? >> no, never. never. she's never mentioned any political thing. >> reporter: as a couple, tashfeen and syed, were they a happy couple? a ppy marriage? they have this beautiful 6-month-old little girl. >> yeah, they were happy. >> yeah. always happy with eacach other. >> they spent a lot of time with her. they kept to themselves a lot. they were a good couple. we thought that they went together well. >> they were private. there's a lot of people very private, so it's none of our business. they were private. but yes, they were gether. that was the thing. they were very together. loving to their daughter. >> reiterating their belief that
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. >>e know this iss very unsettling for the people of the united states. what we hope you will do is not let fear become disabling. >> there were reports that a neighbor actually saw packages being delivered to that home, but didn't want to say anything, family. butpierre, it seems the fbi director today urging americans something. >> yes, david. the director said given the spike in mass shootings, a very real potential of terror, the days arever when people can afford to ignore warning signs and that lawsuit needs the public's help. there are indications tonight
notice the suspicious bavior of the couple, but never notified police, david. >> pierre, we also know the fbi reassuring americans knowing there 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 suspion of. but director comey said there was nothing unusual about those suspects. to be clr, the couple was not under any fbiinvestigation, david. the fbi director said they simply had no clue of the devastation that was coming, david. >> they were not on the radar. pierre thomas again with us pierre, thank you. we're also learning more about the four minutes of terror in the center right behind me, the assault weapons found in that black suv riddled wh bullets. 6,100 rounds of ammunition. and of course, the
never detonated, left behind at the holiday party. did they intend to set that off just as rescus 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 mutes of shear terror. >> it was a pop, pop, pop sound, ll pl gunsnshots. >> r reporter:is wife was in that conference room, packed for a meeting and a holiday party. >> if she left 30 seconds prior, all the people she was sitting with, they're all kill. >> 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 the. this ishat we know. when those shooters came back here, they were wearing tactical gear. they had extra ammo with them, and they were ready to kill. and that's what they did. syed and his wifeursting in
at least 65 rounds. anisa kandahar hid in a bathroom. >> nobody came out from the bathroom. she warned, they closed the do. >> reporter: amanda fell to the ground, hid under atable, closed her eyes and didn't move. the shooters fired right at her. her family saying tonight the attaers could have easily shot her in the head, but we a so grateful to god they shot her in the leg 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, best friends. david, tonight their families devastated. >> cecilia vega here with us tonight as well. thank you. we turn to the race for 2016, and the sudden surge for one candidate, of course, as terror now dominates the headlines. donald trump now pulling ahead. trump with the bgest lead
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 tragedy, 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 ahead, taken before thean bernardino rampage. but after the horrific attacks in paris. trump's message to the terrorists? crass, but blunt. >> this is a vicious 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. we're going to win. >> reporter: trump says americans know he would protect
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't sp bad guys by taking away our gun. you stop bad guys by using our guns. >> reporter: david, that newew national poll revealing something else interesting. trump, carson, cruz, rubio, even jeb bush in a statistical tie with hillary clinton. more ahead on this friday. other news of the evening, word about the e. coli scare at a restaurant change much larger than we first thought. the forecast for the rest of the month leading into the holidays sure has got our attention today. the battle brewing between
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back now with more on the terrorism investigation here in california tonight. a new report showing at least ten american women in less than two yearsrrested for supporting isis, putting jihad over family. and in this case, leaving behind a 6-month-old baby. here's abc chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: isis recruitment videos actively target young women, to be jihadi brides, bear children for isis fighters. there were those three young british school girls who secretly left home to join isis in syria, traveling through turkey on a routute we rectly traced. and this is the exact route the rls would have taken. they would have gotten off the metro and come right in here to the urfa station.
killer tashfeen malik, want to be fighters themselves. these two former roommates from queens arrested earlier this yearar accusedf planning to build a bomb for an attack in the u.s. another u.s. woman accused of telling an isis fighter she met online that "becoming a martyr would be amazing. a girl can only wish." but for a mother to leave a 6-month-old baby to carry out what she surely must have known was a suicidettack 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 turn to the other news, the major weather headline this evening. the forecast heading right into the holiday. what to xpect.
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