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    Orlando Shooter Claimed Allegiance to Daesh, FBI Says

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    Orlando shooter pledged allegiance to Daesh terrorist group according to partial 911 transcripts released by the US FBI on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Omar Mateen, the US national who carried out a deadly attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida last week, pledged allegiance to the Daesh terrorist group, and told the United States to stop bombing Syria and Iraq, according to partial 911 transcripts released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday.

    "In these calls, the shooter [Mateen], who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was ‘out here right now’," one transcript stated.

    US Attorney General Loretta Lynch had previously stated that the FBI would redact the transcripts to omit references to the terror group, which is outlawed in the United States, Russia and numerous other countries.

    During a press briefing in Orlando on Monday, FBI officials said there was no evidence Mateen was directed by foreign terrorists, and was likely radicalized in the United States.

    On June 12, 29-year old Mateen opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50 others in what is one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history.

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