Obama brands Orlando attack an act of 'terror' and 'hate'

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub on June 12, 2016President Barack Obama condemned the “horrific massacre” of 50 revelers at an Orlando nightclub Sunday, an attack that is already fueling rows over guns, gay rights and how to defeat the Islamic State group. Police have pinned the slaughter on 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a son of Afghan immigrants who is said to have pledged allegiance to IS before going on a rampage with an assault rifle. “This was an act of terror and an act of hate,” Obama said in a somber White House address to mark the worst mass shooting in US history.

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