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ISIS fighter behind Orlando club shooting, says media


Beirut, June 13: A fighter from the Islamic State group carried out Sunday's mass shooting inside a gay club in Orlando, Florida, an IS-linked media report said, quoting an unidentified source.

"The attack that targeted a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando, Florida and that left more than 50 dead and many wounded was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," it said in a terse statement quoting a "source".

Also read: Orlando shooting: Did killer have hatred for LGBT community?

'IS fighter behind Orlando shooting'

Amaq, the IS-linked news agency, gave no further details. US media reported that the gunman -- widely identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan descent -- had pledged allegiance to the jihadist group IS.

Fifty people were killed, in addition to the shooter, and 53 wounded in the worst mass shooting in US history, the mayor of Orlando Buddy Dyer said earlier on Sunday.

US officials were probing whether the suspect had radical Islamic "leanings". US President Barack Obama said the FBI was investigating the killings "as an act of terrorism".


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