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Egypt condemns Florida nightclub shooting

The attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando left 50 dead and at least 53 injured

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Jun 2016
Florida shooting
Law enforcement personnel investigate at Pulse nightclub where a gunman opened fire Sunday in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's foreign affairs ministry condemned the Florida nightclub shooting on Sunday that left 50 people dead and dozens injured.

The ministry expressed Egypt's condolences to the U.S. government and people, in a statement released late Sunday. 

"Egypt stands by the American people in these hard times, and offers its condolences to the victims' families and wishes a fast recovery for the injured," the statement read.

The statement reiterated that Egypt believes it necessary to fight terrorism which "has neither boundaries nor religion, and contradicts all humanitarian principles and ethics."

"There needs to be international solidarity to defeat this phenomenon in all parts of the world," the statement read.

The gunman who carried out the deadly rampage at the Pulse Orlando gay nightclub was identified as Omar Mateen and was shot dead by police, according to U.S. authorities.

A senior FBI official said that Mateen might have had leanings towards the Islamic State militant group, Reuters reported.

The attack is reported to be the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.


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