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Fifty people have been killed and dozens injured after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“Everyone get out of pulse and keep running,” a post on the club’s Facebook said around 30 minutes later.
Mateen initially exchanged fire with a police officer who was working at the venue before taking hostages.
At around 5am, police stormed the building and Mateen was killed in the ensuing gunfight – bringing the three-hour standoff to an end.
- The death toll
That figure could still rise further – 53 wounded people are in hospital.
- The killer
The terror group claimed responsibility on Sunday evening in a statement through its Amaq news agency, saying an “Islamic State fighter” had carried out the attack.
Mateen was interviewed twice by the FBI after apparently making inflammatory comments to a colleague.
Despite this, he was allowed to legally purchase the guns used in the attack last week.
Mateen’s father denied there was a religious motive, telling NBC that his son hated gay people and recently became angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami.
Mateen was born in New York 29 years ago to parents who had emigrated from Afghanistan.
His ex-wife said he was violent, mentally unstable and regularly beat her during their eight years of marriage.
- The victims
Survivors and eyewitnesses have been recalling how the horrific attack unfolded.
- Worldwide condemnation
“No act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans,” he said in a statement.
French president Francois Hollande said he “expresses the full support of France and the French with America’s authorities and its people in this difficult time”.
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