ඇමරිකාවේ ෆ්ලොරිඩා (LGBT nightclub in Orlando )හි රාත්රි සමාජ ශාලාවක සිදු වූ වෙඩි
තැබීමකින් පුද්ගලයන් පණස් දෙනකු මරුමුවට පත්ව ඇත.
ඕලන්ඩෝ නගරයේ සමලිංගිකයන් පමණක් එකතු වන රාත්රි සමාජ
ශාලාවට සමලිංගික විරෝධියකු විසින් මෙම ප්රහාරය එල්ල කර
ඇත. ඉරිදා (ඊයේ) අලුයම 2 ට පමණ මෙම වෙඩි තැබීම සිදුවී
"පල්ස් නයිට් ක්ලබ්" නම් මෙම ස්ථානයට ප්රහාරය එල්ල කළ
සාහසිකයා පොලිස් වෙඩි පහරින් මරුමුවට පත්ව තිබේ.
Orlando Pulse club attack: gunman identified as police investigate motiveGunman who opened fire with assault rifle, and equipped with ‘suspicious device’, reportedly a 29-year-old US citizen
The gunman behind a suspected terrorist attack that killed 50 people at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando is believed to be Omar Mateen, 29, from Florida, a US citizen of Afghan heritage.The gunman opened fire at the Pulse Club in the early hours of Sunday, taking hostages, killing many and injuring 53. Raising the alarm in the early hours of Sunday morning, staff at the venue posted on Facebook: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.” .
Orlando confirmed police said the shooting was being treated as an “act of domestic terrorism”. The FBI said it had a “positive identification” of the shooter but it was not releasing a name as it was in the process of notifying his family.
The gunman was killed during a shootout with police as they broke into the nightclub to rescue 30 people held hostage there. No motive for the attack has been offered by police. The Guardian has not been able to independently verify the identity of the shooter.
Police initially said about 20 people had been killed and 42 injured in the attack, but later revised the toll up to 50 dead and 53 hospitalised, the latter including one police officer who had been shot in the head and whose “life had been saved by his Kevlar helmet”. They said the gunman was armed with an assault rifle, handgun and “some kind of device”.
At a press conference on Sunday morning, an FBI spokesman said investigators believed the attacker may have had extremist beliefs, but cautioned that they were pursuing multiple leads.
Florida nightclub shooting: 50 killed and 53 injured in 'act of terror' – latest updates
Mateen was interviewed by FBI in 2013 and 2014Ron Hopper, FBI special agent, takes the microphone. The FBI is the lead investigative agency.
“The individual believed to be responsible for the has been identified as Omar Amir Siddiq Mateen, aged 29, an American citizen born in New York.”
“The FBI first became arware of Mateen in 2013 as he made inflammatory comments to coworkers, alleging posible terorist ties. The FBI thoroughly investigated the matter including interviews of witnesses, physical surveillance and records checks.”
“In the course of the investigation, Mateen was interviewed twice,” he says. “Ultimately we were unable to verify the subsatnce of his comments, and the investigation was closed.”
In 2014 Mateen again came to the attention to the FBI,” Hopper continues. Agents interviewd him again, after he suggested he had a relationship with an American suicide bomber, Omar Abu Salah. “We determined that contact was minimal and didn’t to constitute a substantive relationship or threat at that that time.”
Then Hopper talks about the reported 911 calls, in which Mateen allegedly pledged allegiance to the leader of the terror group Islamic State.
“There were 911 calls in which there was conversation between the subject and 911 operators,” he says. “It was general to the Islamic State.”
He says the FBI is looking at any terror ties, domestic or international. He won’t comment on interviews with Mateen’s family, saying “multiple interviews are being conducted as we speak.”
Finally, a representative of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says that Mateen legally purchased two weapons in the last week.
“He is not a prohibitive person so he can legally walk into a gun dealership,” he says. “He did so within the last week or so.”