HOLLANDE, OBAMA REITERATE COOPERATION IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

MOSCOW — US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande reiterated their continued cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the wake of recent attacks in California, the White House said.

According to the White House, Obama held a phone conversation with Hollande on Saturday about Wednesday’s deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California. The US president reportedly briefed his French counterpart on the latest information he had about the probe into the attack and steps that US intelligence and law enforcement agencies were taking in the investigation.

“The two leaders pledged continued cooperation between our two governments and with those of our allies and friends to fight terrorism, both abroad and at home,” a statement on the White House’s website said Saturday.

On Wednesday, a shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California claimed lives of 14 people and injured 21 others. Police identified the shooters as US-born man of Pakistani origin Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Friday it had found indications that the couple had been under the influence of radical ideas.

The shooting in California was carried out just week after a series of deadly attacks that shook the French capital. Suicide bombings and mass shootings in Paris killed 130 people and injured over 350 others on November 13. The Paris attacks were claimed by a radical islamist group, known as the Islamic State or Daesh. The group is banned in a number of countries, including the United States and Russia.

France has been carrying out airstrikes on Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria as part of a US-led coalition against the extremist group since 2014. PNA/Sputnik