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Florida shooting: No evidence of direct link to ISIS, says US officials

Though not confirmed, the shooter- Omar S. Mateen 'might' have had leanings towards Islamic State militants, said a senior FBI official.

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US officials said on Sunday that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection between the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and Islamic State or any other foreign extremist group.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also said they had yet to uncover any contacts between the suspected gunman and any extremist group.

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A gunman killed 50 people and injured 53 in a crowded gay nightclub in the tourist hub of Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday before being shot dead by police.

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The FBI said it was still trying to pin down whether the mass shooting was a hate crime against gays or a terrorist act.

Javer Antonetti, 53, told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper that he was near the back of the dance club when he heard gunfire. “There were so many (shots), at least 40,” he said. “I saw two guys and it was constant, like ‘pow, pow, pow’.”

Video footage showed police officers and civilians carrying injured people away from the club and bending over others who were lying on the ground. Dozens of police cruisers, ambulances and other emergency vehicles could be seen in the area.

 

First published on: 12-06-2016 at 10:33:06 pm
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