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‘An act of terror and hate’: Reactions to Orlando mass shooting

A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in US history.

world Updated: Jun 13, 2016 01:12 IST
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club.
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club. (Reuters Photo)

A gunman armed with an assault riflekilled 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in US history.

Police killed the shooter at the Pulse nightclub, who was identified as Omar S Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida resident and US citizen.

Politicians were quick to offer their somber support for people in Orlando.

Below are some of the reactions:

US President Barack Obama

“Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate.”

Donald Trump

“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

Hillary Clinton

“To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them.”

Bernie Sanders

“All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific” Orlando, Florida massacre.

PM Narendra Modi

“Shocked at the shootout in Orlando, USA. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured”

Pope Francis

The attack “has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us,the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation... before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred”, said a statement from the Holy See.

Francois Hollande, French President

French President Francois Hollande “condemns with horror” the mass killing in Florida and “expresses the full support of France and the French with America’s authorities and its people in this difficult time.” - Statement from Hollande’s office.

Benjamin Netanyahu, PM of Israel

“In the name of the government of Israel and the citizens of Israel I send our sincere condolences to the American people following the criminal attack on the LGBT community last night in Orlando.” “Israel stands shoulder to shoulder alongside the United States in this tragic hour.”

Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan President

Severely condemn the heinous & unforgivable crime in Orlando. It was a coward act of terror. Praying for all those affected by this tragedy.

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