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Orlando Massacre: shooter’s “personal” motives “dwarfed” terrorism

By: Bernie Woodall Source: Reuters PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Reuters) – On the morning before the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, shooter Omar Mateen drastically altered his appearance, shaving his head and face, and seemed agitated and surly, said an acquaintance who saw him that day. Mateen also talked about staying up all night to do online research into anti-psychosis medication, the acquaintance said in a interview. The acquaintance requested anonymity, saying authorities had asked him to keep quiet. The 29-year-old gunman, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, called himself an “Islamic soldier” and pledged...

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Condemnations, sympathy pour in after Orlando massacre

By: Al Jazeera Source: Al Jazeera Politicians and religious leaders have been quick to react to the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 50 people and injured at least 53 more. US President Barack Obama said Americans are grieving “the brutal murder, the horrific massacre of dozens of innocent people. “Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” he said in a televised address on Sunday. The president also repeated his earlier calls for tighter gun control, saying the fact that the attacker was armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle was a reminder of “how...

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An undated photo from a social media account of Omar Mateen, who Orlando Police have identified as the suspect in the mass shooting at a gay nighclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2016. Omar Mateen via Myspace/Handout via REUTERS

US: gay nightclub shooting called “worst mass shooting in US history”

By: Timothy Gardner, Sarah N. Lynch, Jason Lange, Ginger Gibson and David Morgan Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Sunday described the worst mass shooting in U.S. history as “an act of terror” and “an act of hate,” saying the massacre of 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was an attack on all Americans. “Today as Americans we grieve the brutal murder, a horrific massacre of dozens of innocent people,” he said in a statement at the White House. “Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,”...

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