Published On: Sun, Jun 12th, 2016

Around 20 dead, 42 injured in Orlando bar attack


Orlando bar attack

ORLANDO: An estimated 20 people were killed at a gay nightclub after a heavily armed gunman seized hostages early Sunday, prompting a police SWAT team to storm the venue, officials said.

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“Unfortunately there are people who died from gunshot wounds, maybe around 20, inside the night club,” FBI special agent Ron Harper told a media briefing.

 20 dead, 42 injured in Orlando

He said around 42 injured were taken to three area hospitals.

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“This did turn into a hostage situation,” Orlando police chief John Mina said. “At approximately 0500 hours (0900 GMT) this morning, the decision was made to rescue hostages that were in there.”

It was unclear whether all the victims were killed by the gunman or if some died in the ensuing shootout with police.

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Suspect identified

The suspect has been identified as Omar Mateen, the CBS network reported, citing sources.

The channel added that the FBI is currently checking if he was linked to extremists.

A correspondent from the WFTV channel said Mateen was 27 years old and was from Port St. Lucie in Florida, nearly 150km from Orlando.

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The suspect was killed by a SWAT team, police earlier confirmed in a press conference. He was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, officials said.

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