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Mississauga, December 11 (CINEWS):As more information about the San Bernardino shooters surfaces, a Mississauga connection is revealed. Tashfeen Malik, the 29-year-old woman who went on a rampage along with her husband, studied at the Al-Huda institute in Pakistan whose founder Farhat Hashmi is allegedly now living in Mississauga.
Described as a high profile religious schools in Multan, Pakistan in 2013-14, this women-only madrassa is reported to have branches in Canada and the United States. The Mississauga campus is located on McAdam Road and has approximately160 students enrolled in classes from kindergarten to Grade 6.
A CBC report further revealed that last year a girl and three young women left Canada to join ISIS in Syria after studying at the Al-Huda Islamic Institute in Mississauga.
In a statement, Al-Huda where Malik studied said, she was enrolled at its Multan branch between 2013 and 2014 but left without completing the diploma course. It stressed that it doesn’t have any links to extremist groups and aims to promote a peaceful message of Islam.
Syed Farooq and his wife Tashfeen Malik are believed to have been radicalized for quite some time according to the FBI. Some reports suggest that Malik was radicalized before she came to the US on a fiancée visa in 2014. The bureau also revealed that the couple took part in target practice at gun ranges in the Los Angeles area for around a year and within days of the killings. Authorities also disclosed Monday that a year before the rampage, Syed Farook’s co-workers at the county health department underwent “active shooter” training in the very conference room that the 14 people were shot.
Born in the US to a Pakistani family, 28-year-old Farook and his wife Tashfeen who was an immigrant from Pakistan, were killed in a gun battle with police hours later.
Recent CNN reports say that Hashmi, a trained pharmacist and county health inspector, may have been plotting an earlier attack in California in 2012.
The couple’s six-month-old daughter is said to be in the custody of San Bernardino County Child Protective Services, and some sources suggest a custody battle brewing between both families.