Global leaders condemn Orlando attacks, FBI probe intensifies

uni1465874972{BNN/WASHINGTON, U.S.}  – Even as the FBI investigations intensify, leaders from around the world expressed their grief over the Orlando gay club shooting which left 50 people dead and scores injured

The FBI on June 13 said that they were searching electronic devices of the shooter, identified as Omar Mateen. Fox News quoted an FBI source as revealing that investigators were pouring into Mateen’s computer to find if he planned to target Disney World or nearby Downtown Disney.

The source also said that the FBI had been scanning the park’s security camera footage to see if he scouted the area as a potential target.

Investigation is said to have taken this direction after People Magazine reported that Mateen’s ex-wife had revealed to the feds that the couple had recently been to Downtown Disney and Pulse in April.

Meanwhile, reports quoted Holy See Press Office Director, Father Federico Lombardi SJ who released a statement that read, “The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the families of the victims and all of the injured in prayer and in compassion. Sharing in their indescribable suffering he entrusts them to the Lord so they may find comfort.”

Other world leaders also condemned the attacks.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement, said, “While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is appalling that as many as 50 lives may have been lost to this domestic terror attack targeting the LGBTQ community.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted, “I’m horrified by reports of the overnight shooting in Orlando. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

Reports state that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi expressed their solidarity with the American people.

French President Francois Hollande tweeted, “I condemn with horror the massacre which killed at least 50 people in Florida. I expressed the full support of France to the American people.”

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly tweeted that the attack was a “coward act of terror.”

The attack took place on June 12 at a gay club in Orlando. The shooter, identified as Omar Mateen was an American citizen with Afghan roots.

 Vigil at Stonewall Inn in New York

Hundreds of people gathered at the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York to mourn the deaths of the people who lost their lives at the gay club in Orlando.

Reports have stated that the Stonewall Inn became the symbol for LGBT rights in 1969 when the inn was raided by the police and gay and trans people fought back for their rights.

Queer Nation organiser Ken Kidd, at the vigil, shouted to the crowd, “We come today because we want to value the people who were lost in Orlando. We come today for the past. We come today for the present. And we come today because we are a community that will never be silent again!”

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in New York at places which have high gay populations. New York Mayor de Blasio said, “We are vigilant. We have deployed our critical response command and our strategic response groups, so you’ll see a lot of additional police presence on the streets of the city.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.