50 killed in Orlando gay club gun massacre
By Ari Soffer
A Muslim gunman has killed at least 50 people and left 53 others wounded in a shooting spree at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In what President Barack Obama has since described as an act of terror, the killer – named by police as Omar Mateen – stormed the Pulse Club and took hostages before being shot dead by security forces.
Florida governor Rick Scott has already said the murder – which is the worse shooting spree in American history – was “clearly an act of terror”.
The casualty count surpasses that of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, in which 32 people were murdered by a mentally-deranged gunman. Until Sunday’s attack, that was considered the worse gun massacre in US history.
It is not yet known if Mateen was acting alone or as part of a larger terrorist plot. However, NBC news reported that Mateen called police before the attack and swore allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS). ISIS has since taken credit for the attack.
But the murderer’s father Mir Seddique told the news channel that the attack had nothing to do with
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