Orlando nightclub toll 49 plus shooter, says police

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Orlando, June 13 (IANS) Orlando police on Monday said that 49 persons lost their lives in the lone wolf mass shooting that took place on Sunday in a gay nightclub in Orlando city, Florida, while the shooter was also killed.

The police department tweeted on its official handle: “Official victim count: 49 shooting victims plus suspect. Total 50.”

The shooter, Afghan-origin US national Omar Mateen, was killed by a SWAT team. According to officials, the incident can be classified as “a domestic terror incident”, however the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the shooting.

They called Mateen “one of the Caliphate’s soldiers in America”.



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