A suspected Islamic terrorist is dead after he carried out a terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando’ Florida. Police say the suspect killed 51 people and critically injured another 50 before he was ultimately killed by police following a hostage situation at the club.
The attack happened at 2:00 am EST when the club was packed at full capacity. Eyewitnesses say the shooter had a bomb strapped to his chest when he started the shooting.
Orlando police are calling the shooting “terrorist activity” that resulted in mass casualties, but are so far refusing to release the name of the suspect. Police confirmed that a large number of people had been killed in the terror attack but declined to give an exact toll. They added that people had been taken to local area hospitals and confirmed the gunman was armed with an rifle, handgun and “some kind of device”.
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In a press conference early Sunday morning, an FBI spokesman said investigators believe the attacker may have had extremist beliefs, and possible links to Isis, but cautioned they were still pursuing multiple leads.
FBI: indications Pulse Orlando shooter has “leanings” towards radical Islamic terror. Appx 20 dead inside pic.twitter.com/OjTpiMvcPY
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