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Afghan origin person kills 50 in Florida mass shooting

Afghan origin person kills 50 in Florida mass shooting

Jun 13, 2016 - 02:15

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): An Afghan origin person identified as Omar Siddique Muteen killed 50 people and injured 53 others in a wee hours shooting inside a gay club in Orlando Florida, in one of the deadliest shooting in the United States.

US President Barack Obama described the incident as “an act of terror and act of hate.” "This was an act of terror, and an act of hate,” a grim looking Obama told reporters at the White House, vowing to take action against those responsible.

Muteen, who according to media reports claimed allegiance to ISIS before the shooting, was also killed in the incident.

Obama said FBI and other law enforcement agencies were still investigating the motive behind the mass shooting.

 “We will not give into fear,” Obama said, soon after his meeting with the FBI Director and Secretary of Homeland Security.

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott also declared the mass shooting as an act of terrorism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the mass shooting.

In an interview to CNN, Congressman Peter King alleged that the gunman was radicalized and was a supporter of the IS. Quoting unnamed law enforcement official, CBS said Muteen pledged loyalty to ISIS in a 9/11 call before the shooting. He was also under FBI investigation for some time.

His father Mir Siddique has apologized for the mass shooting. “We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country,” he told NBC news channel.

The Republican presidential presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, condemned the horrific incident in Florida. “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” he tweeted.


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