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Obama calls club shooting act of terror, hate

AP , Sunday 12 Jun 2016
US President Barack Obama speaks about the worst mass shooting in US history that took place in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, US, June 12, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)
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President Barack Obama says the nightclub shooting in Orlando was an "act of terror" and an "act of hate."

He said Sunday that the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism and that no effort will be spared to determine whether the shooter was affiliated with terrorist groups.

Obama is speaking at the White House after 50 people were killed overnight at a nightclub in Florida. Officials have said 53 more are hospitalized.

He is noting that the killer targeted a gay nightclub. He says it's a "sobering reminder" that an attack on any American is an attack "on all of us."

Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and federal buildings until sunset Thursday "as a mark of respect for victims of the act of hatred and terror" at a gay Florida nightclub. He's also directing the same observance at embassies and other US government facilities abroad.

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