While details about the horrific attack in Orlando are still unfolding, one chilling fact came to light today that shed light on the murderer’s motivations: He called law enforcement agents either immediately before or during the attack – reports vary according to the source – and swore allegiance to the Islamic State. The Times of Israel reports:
According to CNN citing a police source, Omar Mateen, 30, a US citizen born to Afghan parents, was holed up inside the club with hostages for several hours and communicated with police on a number of occasions.
In one of the calls, he swore allegiance to the terror group that has claimed several deadly attacks around the world in recent months, including the Paris attacks in November 2015 and Brussels several months later.
An FBI spokesman later confirmed that a call to police in which a “general allegiance to the Islamic State” was made.
Please continue to keep the victims of this attack and their loved ones in your prayers. May God heal the wounded, and comfort the grieving in their time of deepest sorrow.