Or­lando gun­man’s dad at Clin­ton rally

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE fa­ther of the gun­man who killed 49 peo­ple at a gay night­club in Or­lando, Florida, was spot­ted at a speech Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton gave to sup­port­ers in the swing state.

Sed­dique Ma­teen was caught on cam­era seated in the au­di­ence be­hind Ms Clin­ton dur­ing her cam­paign ap­pear­ance on Au­gust 8 in Kis­sim­mee, a town 37 kilo­me­tres from Or­lando.

Mr Ma­teen’s son, Omar, pro­claimed his al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State group dur­ing the June 12 mas­sacre at the Pulse night­club, which ended af­ter three hours when po­lice fi­nally stormed the venue and shot him to death.

It was the dead­li­est mass killing on United States soil since the Sept 11, 2001 at­tacks on the United States.

Ms Clin­ton, on a trip through the swing state, opened her speech with a trib­ute to the 49 peo­ple who lost their lives in Or­lando.

Mr Ma­teen, an im­mi­grant from Afghanistan, was asked by a re­porter from a lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion about his pres­ence at the rally.

“Why should they be sur­prised? I love the United States, and I’ve been liv­ing here a long time,” he said.

“Hil­lary Clin­ton is good for United States ver­sus Don­ald Trump, who has no so­lu­tions,” he said.

About 3000 peo­ple at­tended the rally. –

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