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    Orlando Gay Nightclub Massacre (77)

    The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament said the Orlando tragedy was "a big mistake on the part of the United States intelligence agencies."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, said Tuesday that the Orlando shooting was a result of US intelligence services failing to take action.

    "Of course, this is a big mistake on the part of the United States intelligence agencies. They admitted that the terrorist had been questioned on three different occasions," Naryshkin said.

    The mass shooting occurred on Sunday at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. Local authorities confirmed information about 50 killed people, including a shooter, and 53 injured in the attack.

    The attack conducted by US national Omar Mateen became 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.

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