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Islamic State calls Orlando shooter one of their 'soldiers'

Posted at 3:04 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 06:04:59-04
The Islamic State's radio has called the Orlando mass shooter "one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America."
 
Al-Bayan Radio, a media outlet for the IS extremist group, on Monday hailed the attack that left 50 people dead, saying it targeted a gathering of Christians and gays and that it's the worst attack on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire with an AR-15 rifle at a gay nightclub early Sunday before being killed in a shootout with police. Another 53 people were wounded in the shooting.
 
The broadcast is apparently an opportunistic statement as IS has not officially claimed responsibility for the Orlando attack.