ISIS fanatic died in a hail of bullets as he crawled from the toilet through a hole in the wall made by cops to help victims escape

On Monday, authorities released more details about how Mateen was brought down. They said they punched a hole in one of the bathrooms of the club and that Mateen crawled out and engaged in a firefight with police
On Monday, authorities released more details about how Mateen was brought down. They said they punched a hole in one of the bathrooms of the club and that Mateen crawled out and engaged in a firefight with police

{MAIL ONLINE} – The gunman who massacred 49 people at an Orlando gay club, died in a shootout with police after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, police have confirmed.

Officers blasted a hole in the wall of the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida, in a desperate effort to save revellers as Omar Mateen held hostages in a toilet at the gay nightclub.

John Mina, chief of police at the City of Orlando Police Department, said Mateen barricaded himself in a toilet with around four or five hostages after shooting some of his initial victims and called the police, speaking in a ‘cool and calm’ voice with crisis negotiators.

When he spoke about ‘bomb vests, about explosives’ and made threats of an ‘imminent loss of life’, police made the decision to blast through the wall with an armored vehicle, which Mr Mina said saved ‘many, many lives’.

FBI Director James Comey added in a statement on Monday that the shooter was involved in precisely three calls to a 911 dispatcher at approximately 2:30am.

Comey said: ‘He (Mateen) called and hung up. He called again and spoke with the dispatcher and hung up.

‘And the dispatcher called him back and they spoke briefly.

‘During the calls he said he was doing this for the leader of ISIS, who he named, and pledged loyalty to. But he also appeared to claim solidarity with the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings and solidarity with the Florida man who died as a suicideb bomber in Syria for Al-Nusra Front – a group in conflict with the so-called Islamic State.

‘The Boston bombers and the suicide bomber from Florida were not inspired by ISIS, which adds a little bit to the confusion about his motives’, Comey concluded.

Authorities in Orlando confirmed that 49 people were killed in the shooting in the early hours of Sunday, with 53 others injured. All but one of the victims have been identified and the families of 24 have been informed. READ MOR 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.