US: 50 dead, 53 injured in Orlando club shooting

US: 50 dead, 53 injured in Orlando club shooting
# 12 June 2016 21:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least 50 people are dead and 53 injured following what many are calling the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that took place in Orlando, Florida, officials confirmed Sunday, APA reports quoting Anadolu.

The shooter, who attacked a gay nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning, has been identified by Congressman Alan Grayson as Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen in his late 20s from St. Lucie, Florida. An FBI agent told reporters the suspect has not been positively identified by his next of kin, but added that there no other threats were being investigated.

It has emerged that Mateen called 911 minutes before launching the onslaught in Pulse Club and declared his allegiance to the Daesh terrorist group, NBC News reported. U.S. President Barack Obama said the motive for the shooting was not clear but the FBI was investigating it as an "act of terrorism".

Islamic State claims responsibility for Orlando nightclub shooting

Islamic State's Amaq news agency said on Sunday that the Islamist militant group was responsible for the shooting that killed at least 50 people in a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, APA reports quoting Reuters.

"The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq said.

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