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    Orlando police chief John Mina said Monday that Orlando shooter pledged allegiance to Daesh.

    "There was an allegiance to the Islamic State [Daesh]" when the shooter was on phone with 911 during hostage situation.

    According to the police chief, the gunman tried to negotiate with police, saying he was wearing a vest.

    During hostage negotiations, Omar Mateen "wasn’t asking for a whole lot. We were doing most of the asking," Chief John Mina said.

    The Orlando police chief said police forced gunman to stop shooting and retreat to a bathroom with hostages after initial shootout.

    On Sunday, US national of Afghan origin Omar Mateen, killed 49 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.

    Earlier it was reported that Daesh claimed responsibility for the Orlando shooting on Sunday. Adam Schiff, a member of US House of Representatives, suggested Sunday that a perpetrator of the deadly attacks in the US city of Orlando had pledged allegiance to Daesh.

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been investigating whether the Orlando nightclub shooter was connected to radical Islam.

    According to an official, Mina purchased guns that he purportedly used in the overnight massacre at the Pulse nightclub legally.

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