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Islamic State's Amaq news agency said on Sunday that the Islamist militant group was responsible for the shooting that killed at least 50 people in a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

"The armed attack that targeted a gay nightclub in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq said.

However, two U.S. officials familiar with the investigation into the massacre said that no evidence had yet been found showing a direct link between the massacre and Islamic State or any other militant group.  

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said they had yet to see any direct contacts between any extremist group and the suspect.

A leading theory, said the officials was that the suspect somehow was inspired by Islamic militants without explicit oversight or orders to carry out the attack. One official said early information, the nature of which he did not disclose, indicated that the shooter was motivated by a mixture of "hate" and religion.

A Twitter account associated with Islamic State posted a photo earlier Sunday purported to be Omar Mateen, identified by U.S. authorities as the shooter.(Reuters)

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  • reality Monday, 13 June 2016 09:12 AM

    ISIS are reality shows staged by Mossad and CIA. If ISIS were true saviors of Muslims like they claim, they should have used all their arms and power against Israel when they were killing the Palestinian babies in cold blood. But they DID NOT fire a single bullet.

    The Undertaket Monday, 13 June 2016 09:38 AM

    ISIS. Now what do you gain by killing innocent unarmed civilians. Please re think your stupidity.

    Shameful Monday, 13 June 2016 10:00 AM

    Well looking at how sympathetic the west is to the LTTE holding 300,000 civilians hostage and only blaming the GoSL, we must say the Americans have themselves to blame for this for their constant meddling in the middle-east including supporting genocidal dictators.

    kk Monday, 13 June 2016 10:23 AM

    Intelligence System for Israel States ISIS via DM Android App

    Arnold Monday, 13 June 2016 10:25 AM

    ISIS (Mossad) has only one motive, stage these attacks and put Muslims in trouble.

    Asoka Monday, 13 June 2016 11:08 AM

    Who created ISIS...? Please...! now don't cry US...

    Buddhist monk Monday, 13 June 2016 03:28 PM

    So called christian countries shouldn't allow gay clubs all around the world , these so called Christians should read the Bible and see the punishment for being a homo sexual. The so called hypocritical Roman Catholic Church should be punished for allowing gay marriages and etc

    Kachana Monday, 13 June 2016 06:30 PM

    First of all you need to be punished for doing communal and racist politics.


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