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Feds Searching for Terror Couple's Associates

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 People gather at a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center in honor of the 14 people killed in San Bernardino, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, 07 Dec 2015 12:46 PM

Investigators are in a frantic race to track down acquaintances and contacts of the two married terrorists who killed 14 people in California last week in a bid to stop other potential attacks.

ABC News reports the urgent hunt for associates of Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook comes after warnings from an Iraqi intelligence report that a possible terrorist attack was to be launched Sunday, somewhere in Los Angeles.

While no such assault happened, investigators are taking no chances as they carefully sift through the couple's history.

They raided the Riverside home of Enrique Marquez, an old neighbor of Farook who ABC News reports bought the assault weapons used in the San Bernardino attack —although Marquez is not considered a suspect.

And Farook's father, also named Syed Farook, has been placed on a federal terrorist watch list to prevent him from leaving the country.

"[The son is] dead. But he is now known as a terrorist. His father is an immediate family member who spent extended periods of time in Pakistan. He's watch listed," one official told ABC News.

As well, the network has obtained a now-chilling photo of the future killers entering the United States for the first time last year as they went through customs at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

The photo shows Malik dressed in all black and staring directly into the camera as the bearded Farook stands behind her.

Farook, a U.S. citizen, traveled to Saudi Arabia in July 2014, returning less than two weeks later with Malik, a Pakistani, who he had met on a dating website. The two then married.

Malik had attended one of Pakistan's most high-profile religious seminaries for women — the Al-Huda Institute in Multan — AFP reported Monday. The school trains middle-class women seeking to come closer to Islam, although it has no known extremist links.

Malik and Farook were hailed by the Islamic State following last week's massacre at a social services center.

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Investigators are in a frantic race to track down acquaintances and contacts of the two married terrorists who killed 14 people in California last week in a bid to stop other potential attacks.
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