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Gunman’s Father: Pulse Shooting Act of Terrorism, Against Family Principles

© Photo : Youtube/cvinetworkFather of Orlando Florida Shooter Seddique Mir Mateen
Father of Orlando Florida Shooter Seddique Mir Mateen - Sputnik International
Omar Mateen committed an act of terrorism when he shot over 100 people at a nightclub in the US state of Florida, which was against family principles, his father Seddique Mir Mateen said at a press briefing on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The shooter’s father said he last spoke with his son Omar on Saturday, the day before the 29-year old opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring at least 53 others.

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"As a father, it’s painful but I don’t approve of his act. What he did was an act of [terrorism]…which is against my principles [and] against what I taught him," the elder Mateen told reporters.

Seddique Mateen stressed that he did not approve of his son "doing anything against the homeland," and said he wanted his son to get an education and "serve the community."

​Omar Mateen was previously investigated by US law enforcement for possible ties to terrorist organizations and a suicide bomber, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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