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San Bernardino shooter borrowed money from Utah bank before attack, officials say

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SALT LAKE CITY — A husband and wife who shot and killed 14 people at a holiday work party in San Bernardino, California, last week withdrew a loan from a Utah bank shortly before the shooting, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The newspaper cites unnamed sources who say Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik took out $28,500 from Salt Lake-headquartered WebBank "just weeks" before the deadly incident, which has since been condemned as an act of terrorism.

Separate unnamed sources said investigators believe the couple used the money to purchase two rifles used in the attack, pay for pipe bomb materials later found in their home, arrange for target practice at a gun range and acquire a rental vehicle, the Times reports.

Terry Fahn, a spokesman for WebBank, issued a statement Tuesday saying he could not discuss specific loans, but added the bank will work with "agencies investigating this matter."

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and everyone else impacted by the tragedy in San Bernardino. WebBank evaluates all loan applications in accordance with legal requirements, including U.S. anti-terrorism and anti-money-laundering laws," Fahn said in the statement.

"In addition, the bank continually works with regulators to address their inquiries and concerns, and will fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies investigating this matter. However, federal and state law prevents WebBank from publicly commenting on any specific loan borrowers or applicants. As such, the bank will have no further comment at this time."

WebBank was founded in 1997 and finances individuals and businesses across the United States, according to the company's website.

In a televised address Sunday from the White House, President Barack Obama described the shooting as lone wolf terrorism. In all, 21 others were injured in the attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

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