US President Barack Obama, the Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and the former president Hamid Karzai led global condemnation after a gunman went on the rampage at a gay nightclub in Florida leaving at least 50 people dead.
Reacting to the latest in a litany of mass gun killings in the US, Obama said the FBI was “appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism”.
“Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” he said, later ordering flags at half-staff as an act of mourning.
Afghan Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the US nightclub attack and declared the terrorists do not represent any race.
“This is clear that this action was carried out by terrorists, so it is not related to any religion or country,” CEO, Abdullah Abdullah said.
Condemning the attack, ex-president Hamid Karzai said Afghans stand with Americans in solidarity.
“We suffer from this, too, daily,” said Hamid Karzai, referring to the Islamic State which has carried out killings and bombings in Afghanistan.
“He had no right to kill innocent people, with which he had nothing to do,” he said, adding that Islam does not condone violence and that “no sane person” in Afghanistan or anywhere else would support this act of violence.
“Whatever cause he had in his mind, whatever his motivation, it was wrong for him to do it.
“Just like we condemn it in Afghanistan, we condemn it in America,” he said. “Isis does not reflect Islam.”
Early Sunday, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 50 people and wounding 53, police said. Mateen also was killed.
Mateen was the son of an Afghan immigrant who had a talk show in the United States, the nature of which was not entirely clear: A former Afghan official said the program was pro-Taliban and a former colleague said it was enthusiastically pro-American.
He attended evening prayer services at the city’s Islamic Center three to four times a week, most recently with his young son, said Imam Syed Shafeeq Rahman. Although he was not very social, he also showed no signs of violence, Rahman said. He said he last saw Mateen on Friday.