Orlando shooting: Obama calls it act of terror; stands by LGBT community

Washington, June 13: US President Barack Obama on Sunday termed the mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as an "act of terror" in his address to the nation from the White House. [50 killed in gay nightclub shooting in Florida]

"We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate," he said, adding: "The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terror. We will go wherever the facts lead us ... What is clear is he was a person filled with hatred." [US has seen more mass shootings than any other country]

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At least 50 people were killed while 53 were left injured after a 29-year-old man opened fire in the worst mass shooting in the history of the US. [Hillary, Trump react]

Reaching out to the LGBT community, Obama said "it could have been any one of our communities" and added that it was a "heartbreaking day for our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender". [Did Orlando shooter hate LGBTs?]

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