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ISIS claims responsibility for Florida nightclub massacre

June 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
ISIS claims responsibility for Florida nightclub massacre

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Reuters is reporting ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack using its Amaq news agency. What U.S. authorities haven’t indicated is whether the terror group directed or only inspired the attack..

The news comes as Law enforcement revealed th suspect, identifed as Omar Mateen, of Port St. Lucie, pledged his allegiance to ISIS before pulling off Sunday’s massacre that killed at least 50 people at an Orlando gay nightclub.

According to multiple reports, The 29-year-old is U.S. citizen who was born in New York to Afghan parents and had no prior criminal record.

Federal officials said that Mateen had committed himself to the Islamic State before carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Speaking on CNN, California Congressman Adam Schiff said Mateen “made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS.”

The ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said there “appears to be links to Islamic Radicalism.”

“At this point, this is an incident, as I can see it, we can certainly classify as a domestic terror incident,” Jerry Demings of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

In an interview with NBC News the suspect’s father said: ‘We’re apologizing for the whole incident… This had nothing to do with religion.” He went on to say that “his son got very angry when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami.”

A total of 50 people were killed in the attack and another 53 were injured, according to an NBC News report. Approximately 320 people were in club when the gunfire erupted.

Mateen was heard shouting “Allah Akbar” while engaging officers, law enforcement sources told Fox News. Mateen also called 911 during the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Fox News reported.

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