AP sources: Bomb in San Bernardino attack was poorly built

bobmFILE – In this July 27, 2014 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, as they passed through O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. A homemade bomb left behind by the husband and wife who perpetrated a mass shooting at a California social services center didn?t detonate because it was poorly constructed, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two law enforcement officials say a bomb left behind by the couple responsible for the December attack in San Bernardino, California, failed because it was poorly constructed.

One official says 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and 29-year-old Tashfeen Malik (tahsh-FEEN’ mah-LEEK’) drove around San Bernardino after the shootings at the social services center. They stayed close to the site of the shooting, apparently trying to detonate the remote-controlled bomb.

The officials were briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly. The attack left 14 people dead.

One official says the couple’s two cellphones were so badly crushed that investigators haven’t been able to conduct a forensic examination. Their computer hard drive hasn’t been found.

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