SE­CU­RITY BREACHES

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On June 12, 2016, a mass shoot­ing oc­curred in­side Pulse, a gay night­club in Or­landa, Florida, in which 49 peo­ple were killed and 53 in­jured by a lone ter­ror­ist iden­ti­fied as Omar Ma­teen. The ter­ror­ist was killed by the Or­lando po­lice af­ter a three-hour stand­off. It was the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing by a sin­gle gun­man in the United States and the dead­li­est in­ci­dent of vi­o­lence against LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der) com­mu­nity in the US. Most of those harmed were of His­panic back­ground. It was widely de­nounced both as an act of ter­ror­ism and a hate crime.

The as­sailant was iden­ti­fied as 29-year-old Omar Ma­teen, an Amer­i­can born to par­ents of Afghan back­ground. Wit­nesses said he was a reg­u­lar pa­tron of the night­club and had used gay dat­ing web­sites in the past. He gave a call to 911 dur­ing the at­tack and swore al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL). The Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) said it found no links between ISIL and Ma­teen. He has been re­ported to have ex­pressed hos­til­ity to­wards LGBT peo­ple and other mi­nori­ties.

The Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) has come un­der crit­i­cism for han­dling of the Omar Ma­teen case. It is said that he was in­ter­ro­gated twice by the FBI and that the gun shop owner had alerted the FBI about the pur­chase of a mil­i­tary-type as­sault weapon. There is ma­jor de­bate go­ing on in the US on gun con­trol laws and how it is easy to get mil­i­tary-type weapons by in­di­vid­u­als.

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