Orlando Nightclub Attack

In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, American ISIS follower Omar Mateen gunned down 49 people and injured 53 more at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

He pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook during the attack, before he was killed by police. ISIS celebrated the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on the Internet, calling Mateen “an Islamic State fighter” who had “targeted a nightclub for homosexuals…” Mateen was also guided by the radicalizing online sermons of al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki.

Perpetrators

Analysis

Daily Dose

Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.

In Their Own Words:

Without doubt, the secularists are evil and more malicious than the polytheists and secularism is farther astray from the path and more malicious than polytheism. The secularists who are associated with Islam even [merely] by identity are considered apostates by a group of scholars. The Jews, Christians, those who worship graves, and many polytheists and unbelievers have committed lesser acts of unbelief than the secularists.

Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Salafist propagandist Mar. 1, 2021
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