TOKYO (Sputnik) — On Monday, Abe sent a telegram to US President Barack Obama with condolences over the Sunday's deadly attack.
"We share strong commitment to fight against terrorism and we will continue permanent fight against terrorism in collaboration with the United States and international community," the telegram reads as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.
- Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016© AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack
- Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club, where as many as 20 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire, in Orlando, Florida, U.S June 12, 2016© REUTERS / Steve Nesius
- Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse nightclub, where people were killed by a gunman, in Orlando, Florida, U.S June 12, 2016© REUTERS / Steve Nesius
- U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that took place in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2016© REUTERS / Joshua Roberts
On Sunday, US national Omar Mateen, whose father is from Afghanistan, killed 50 people and injured 53 at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. The Orlando massacre has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, surpassing the death toll from the 2007 incident at Virginia Tech, which claimed 32 lives.
US President Barack Obama on Sunday called the deadly shooting in Orlando an "act of terror, act of hate," though the FBI said it had no immediate proofs of any direct ties between Omar and any foreign extremist groups.