Word is coming out that Orlando “gay” nightclub shooter Omar Mateen may be associated with terrorist organizations.
In an interview with Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, claimed he was told Mateen was a member of one of the groups that fall under the jihadiya Salafiya franchise, meaning the network of loosely-based Salafist jihadist groups such as the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, and the Al Nusra Front. Ansari is a well-known Gaza Salafist jihadist allied with Islamic State ideology.
Ansari’s interview is as follows:
ANSARI: We are following of course the attack in the States and we are blessing this attack. And we are thanking this mujaheed, who carried out the attack. And we are praying and asking Allah to host him and to accept him in paradise as a shaheed (martyr).
We have from outside the Gaza Strip confirmation that the mujaheed who carried out the attack is a member of the jihadiya Salafiya. But whether he is a member of the Islamic State or another group this is not yet confirmed.
KLEIN: So you are saying that there is confirmation, to be clear, that he is a member of the jihadiya Salafiya, meaning of the jihadist Salafist franchise?
ANSARI: Yes, absolutely. We know that he belongs to the jihadiya Salafia. The hero, martyr, may Allah bless his soul. But to what organization in the jihadiya Salafiya we don’t know it yet.
Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday that the Islamist militant group was responsible for the massacre.
“The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” Amaq said.
ISIS cheered the massacre and promised to “slay everyone of you O disbeliever.”
At one point, the FBI at one point opened an investigation into Mateen. Federal authorities report Mateen became a person of interest in 2013 and again in 2014 but subsequently closed the case when it produced nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation.
“He’s a known quantity,” the source said. “He’s been on the radar before.”
Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar, said the attack had “nothing to do with religion.” He said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a few months ago, particularly since the kissing took place in front of his own young son.
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But as The Daily Beast noted, the father may not be the most credible of sources. The Washington Post notes he’s a supporter of the Afghan Taliban, and he’s known to post occasional videos on Facebook in which he pretends to be the president of Afghanistan.
Law enforcement is stating that immediately before starting his rampage, Omar Mateen called 911 and pledged his allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. A similar pledge was made online by the San Berardino terrorists before they shot and killed 14 people last year.
ISIS has called on Muslims across the world to attack targets in the West during the holy month of Ramadan, which began last week.