12 June 2016
A gunman in the early hours of Sunday opened fire on more than 300 patrons of a gay night club in the United States, killing 50 people and injuring 53.
The gunman who carried out the attack which has been tagged the deadliest terror attack in the United States since the 9/11 attack has been identified as Omar Marteen.
Omar Marteen, 29, is an American born man whom investigation showed had pledged allegiance to ISIS. He carried out the attack with an assault rifle and a pistol in the packed Pulse club at 2 a.m.
He held hostages while he engaged in a stand off with the Police for about 3 hours before they eventually crashed into the building with a grenade and gunned him down.
“It appears he was organised and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief, John Mina said early Sunday. Authorities are yet to find any accomplices.
President Barrack Obama, in a nationwide address from the White House called this an act of hate saying, “we know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate”.
Ex-wife of the assailant, Sitora Yusufiy, was contacted and interviewed by CNN. In her reports she confirmed the assailant to be mentally unstable, suspecting he was bipolar, although he was not formally diagnosed.
She reported that Omar has a history with steroids and that he was religious, but was unsure religion had a part in the attack.