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No signs Orlando shooter was part of larger plot, says Obama

Published 13/06/2016

President Barack Obama speaks about the massacre at a nightclub in Orlando (AP)
President Barack Obama speaks about the massacre at a nightclub in Orlando (AP)

President Barack Obama says there is no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot.

He said it appears the shooter was inspired by extremist information disseminated over the internet.

President Obama said the investigation is at the preliminary stages and is being treated as a terrorism investigation.

He said the attack appears to be similar to last year's shooting spree in San Bernardino, California.

The president says investigators are still looking into the motivations of the shooter, including the fact that the shooting took place at a gay venue.

President Obama spoke in the Oval Office after being briefed on the investigation by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other officials.

President Obama said investigators are still looking into the motivations of the shooter and considering all possibilities.

He said organisations like Islamic State, al Qaida and others target gays and lesbians because of their "vicious, bankrupt ideology" and their religious beliefs about homosexuality.

"The fact that it took place at a club frequented by the LGBT community I think is also relevant," President Obama added.

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