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Ex-wife says Orlando terror suspect wasn’t a stable person

June 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ex-wife says Orlando terror suspect wasn’t a stable person

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On Sunday morning, just after 2 a.m., Omar Mateen called 911 to alert dispatchers of the massacre occurring at Orlando’s premier gay club. He gave authorities his full name and location before professing his allegiance to the Islamic State.

Three hours later, Mateen was killed in a gun battle with cops in a violent conclusion to the worst mass shooting in United States history.

Authorities have since been sorting through a myriad of motives that may have led the 29-year-old to open fire on numerous people inside Pulse nightclub.

In his 911 call, Mateen professed his devotion to Abu Bark al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State. Family members did admit that Mateen had also possessed homophobic tendencies, although the shooter had no prior criminal record of hate crimes.

According to the Washington Post, Mateen was under FBI investigation twice in recent years.

One investigation pertained to comments suggesting an affinity for Islamic terrorist groups, and a second time for vague connections with another Florida man who had traveled to Syria to train to be a suicide bomber.

Neither investigation panned out, and Mateen continued with no criminal record. Mateen was able to apply for a license to carry concealed weapons, and he purchased two legal firearms, one of which included an assault-style semiautomatic rifle just a couple of days before the shooting.

As Sunday came to an end, U.S. officials were unsure of how to label the attack. President Obama described the massacre as “an act of terror and an act of hate.”

Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy described her ex-husband as mentally unstable and ill, explaining that he was abusive and that her family had to “rescue her.”

Obama said at a press conference on Sunday: “We have reached no definitive conclusions. …What is clear is that he was a person filled with hate.”

Before this past week, Mateen appeared to have lived a quiet and modest life. He worked as a security guard, was a father to a son, and lived in a condo in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Originally from New York, the shooter was the son of Aghan immigrants who relocated to Florida when Mateen was very young. His father began to involve himself in Afgan politics, and even started a YouTube channels where he sometimes expressed favorable comments toward the Taliban.

Public records did confirm that Mateen obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He first worked as a security guard for juveniles and then later he worked for G4S, a security company.

According to his ex-wife, Mateen did express early signs of volatile behavior and emotional issues. She described Mateen as physically abusive who beat her while they were together.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Yusifiy said, “He was not a stable person. He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

The woman met Mateen online and moved to Florida to be with him. They married in 2009 and moved to a condo that was owned by Mateen’s family. She eventually divorced him in 2011.

People who knew Mateen gave conflicting accounts regarding his religiosity. His ex-wife said he was not very religious and that she saw no signs of radicalization. However, she did describe him as a private person.

Mateen reportedly had a son with another woman who left him, however, she declined to comment on the incident.

Another friend said Mateen became more religious after his divorce and traveled to Saudi Arabia on a religious pilgrimage.

The friend, who remained anonymous, said, “He was quite religious,” however the friend did say that he never mentioned sympathies or loyalties to any extremist groups.

Imam Shafiq said on Sunday that Mateen regularly attended the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, and was there two days before the shooting.

The imam said that Mateen would attend with his father and young son and that his three sisters were all active volunteers at the Islamic Center.

Rahman said, “He was the most quiet guy; he never talked to anyone,”

“He would come and pray and leave. There was no indication at all that he would do something violent.”

Alternatively, however, Rahman’s son who is a senior at the University of Florida, referred to Mateen as an “aggressive person.”

The gunman’s father, Seddique Mateen, insisted that his son’s violent crime had nothing to do with religion. He asserted that Mateen had expressed angry homophobic tendencies when he saw a gay couple being affectionate with each other just weeks earlier.

In a comment to NBC News, the father said: “We were in downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid, and he got very angry.”

He continued, “They were kissing each other, and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.”


Sitora Yusufiy, who married mass murderer Omar Mateen shortly after they met online in 2009, has described how he ‘seemed like a normal human being’ at first, but he soon turned violent

Seddique Mateen has been no stranger to controversy. He was the host of the “Durand Jirga Show” on a channel named Payam-e-Afghan, which is broadcasted from California. In the show, Mateen reportedly speaks in Dari about a variety of political topics.

Dozens of videos are posted on the father’s YouTube channel and he also owns a nonprofit organization called “Durand Jirga” which is registered in Post St. Lucie.

One of his videos entails Mateen expressing gratitude toward the Afghan Taliban, while condemning the government in Pakistan.

He said, “Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up.”

It is not clear whether his statements were ever investigated by the FBI.

Just hours before the slaying of dozens of people, the father posted a video on his Facebook profile called “Provisional Government of Afghanistan — Seddique ­Mateen” where he was reportedly pretending to be the president of Afghanistan and ordered the arrest of numerous Aghan politicians.

He said: “I order national army, national police, and intelligence department to immediately imprison Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmay Khalilzad, Atmar, and Sayyaf. They are against our countrymen, and against our homeland.”

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