Orlando, June 18: The Orlando rampage is still haunting the world. However, a text message sent by Omar Mateen's wife Noor Mateen during the rampage has taken the world by yet another surprise.
Top US lawmakers said on Thursday that they are probing the Facebook activity of Mateen and his wife, apart from any social media movement during those hours of horro. Omar Mateen is said to have made extremist posts during the massacre and searched for news of the attack.
In fact, a letter was sent to Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, seeking his company's help to share the specifics of Mateen's five accounts. The possibility of involving social media investigation to ensure that such ploys can be thwarted is alos being explored.
"This is our job, to see what has happened in the past, what can we possibly do to prevent this from occurring in the future and how can we find bipartisan solutions," said Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
Officials believe thta Mateen had been radicalised after watching jihadist propaganda online. Johnson said that Mateen had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and also warned "America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state." He also said, "The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west. In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the USA."
Mateen is said to have also searched for "Pulse Orlando" and "shooting". Mateen's wife suspected that he was going to carry out an attack, even though he said that he was going out to meet a friend. When the news of the shooting broke, Noor called her husband frantically, but the calls were not received. Omar, however texted het 4 am asking if she had seen the news. She responded with "I love you".
Authorities are yet to comment on whether Noor will be charged for hiding her knowledge of Omar's intentions.