According to the Amaq News Agency, the official media division of ISIL or Islamic State, the shooter of the horrific attack in the Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, was working on behalf of the terrorist organization ISIL.
“The armed attack that targeted a gay night club 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, according to Reuters.
The murderer, Omar Mateen, was a 29-year-old resident of Florida. NBC News said that, according to “law enforcement sources,” Mateen had called 911, telling the dispatcher that he was loyal to Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL. During his call he also mentioned the Tsarnaev brothers, the terrorists who planted bombs at the Boston Marathon several years ago.
Mateen, who was shot by police after he had already opened fire in a crowded nightclub, killing 50 and injuring at least 53 more. The nightclub was a well-known place visited by members of the gay community.