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California Shooter Attended Pakistani Madrasah

Pakistani intelligence officials have confirmed that a Pakistani woman who took part in a massacre in California last week attended one of Pakistan’s most high-profile madrasahs for women: the Al-Huda International Seminary in Multan.

The school has no known links to extremists.

But Al-Huda founder Farhat Hashmi, who now lives in Canada, has been criticized for promoting a conservative strain of Islam.

Twenty-nine-old Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, 28, were hailed by Islamic State militants as “soldiers” of the extremist group after they shot dead 14 people at a social-services center in San Bernardino, California.

They were killed after the attack.

Malik was raised in Saudi Arabia before her time as a madrasah student in Pakistan.

President Barack Obama called the attack “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people” by two people who “had gone down the dark path of radicalization.”

Based on reporting by AP and AFP