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Gunman's father: religion was not a motive for attack

By Staff Reporter

Published 13/06/2016

The father of the man named as responsible for the worst mass shooting in US history says the massacre at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando "had nothing to do with religion".

Omar Mateen's father claimed his son had become angry after seeing two gay people kissing in Miami, and he believed the incident was relevant to the attack.

At least 50 people were killed and 53 injured in an attack on a gay nightclub called Pulse in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce in Florida. Mr Mateen's family is from Afghanistan but he is believed to have been born in the US.

His father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News his son apparently became angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami several months ago. He said he believed this could be linked to the shooting. "We are apologising for the whole incident," his father said. "We weren't aware of any action he was taking. We are in shock, like the whole country."

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