Obama to urge US not to give in to fear - attorney general

2015-12-06 18:35
President Barack Obama (Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - US President Barack Obama will use his national address on terrorism on Sunday night to urge the American people not to "give in to fear" after the California shootings, and may ask Congress to take action to further safeguard national security, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

"Dealing with guns is one way to handle the violent crime issues that we have in this country," she said.

The White House said Obama would provide an update on Wednesday's shootings in San Bernardino that killed 14 and wounded 21 and discuss the broader threat of terrorism, including how it has evolved and how he plans to defeat it.

Authorities say a married couple - a 28-year-old American-born man and a 29-year-old woman originally from Pakistan - were responsible, and that the woman had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on Facebook as they began their rampage.

The FBI is investigating the massacre as a terrorist attack that, if proved, would be the deadliest by Islamic extremists on American soil since Sept. 11  2001.

"I think what you're going to hear from him is a discussion about what government is doing to ensure all of our highest priority - the protection of the American people," Lynch said in an interview with NBC.

She said the president would talk about steps taken to safeguard US interests and Americans and urge people to "not give in to fear at this time".

In his weekend radio and Internet address, Obama said it was "entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalised to commit this act of terror".

FBI Director James Comey has said there was no indication yet that the plot was directed by any foreign terrorist group but that there were "indications of radicalization by the killers and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organisations."

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