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Pakistan: No Link Between Militants and California Shooting Suspect


Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Dec. 6, 2015.

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Dec. 6, 2015.

Pakistan's interior minister says he does not believe there is a link between militants in his country and a Pakistani-born woman involved in Thursday's mass shooting in California.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed reporters on what Pakistani authorities know about the suspect, 29-year-old Tashfeen Malik.

"So far, the investigation has found that they were settled in Saudi Arabia, her (Tashfeen Malik's) parents moved to Saudi Arabia 25 years ago, her brothers and sisters have grown up over there," Khan said. "She studied here (in Pakistan) in a university but there is no evidence found in the investigation so far that could link her (Malik) with Islamic militants."

Khan said Pakistani has offered its help to the United States.

"We offered complete legal assistance which is our international responsibility, whenever the other side [US] concerned asks us, we will provide complete legal assistance and it is very limited," Khan said.

U.S. authorities have been trying to determine why Malik and her U.S.-born husband U.S.-Syed Rizwan Farook killed 14 people and wounded another 21 at a holiday gathering of local government workers in San Bernardino, California.

An undated combination of California Department of Motor Vehicles photos shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, the husband and wife who died in a gunbattle with authorities after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 2, 2015.

An undated combination of California Department of Motor Vehicles photos shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, the husband and wife who died in a gunbattle with authorities after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 2, 2015.

Malik came to the United States in 2014 on a fiancee visa. Her and Farook had a six-month old child, whom they dropped off at a relative's house before launching the attack.

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