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Orlando shooter's wife arrested by FBI

Noor Salman had been arrested in connection with the Orlando nightclub shooting Credit: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File

The wife of a gunman who opened fire in a gay nightclub, killing 49 people in Orlando last year, has been arrested by the FBI.

A U.S. law enforcement official confirmed Noor Salman had been arrested in San Francisco on Monday and said she would face charges including "obstruction of justice" after being transferred to Florida where the massacre happened.

Salman's husband Omar Mateen, was the lone gunman during the massacre at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 and was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members after a three-hour standoff that followed the attack.


Obama in plea for unity after meeting Orlando victims

US President Barack Obama has made an impassioned plea for everyone to be treated with dignity after meeting the victims of the Orlando massacre.

Mr Obama met with survivors and the families of the victims along with Vice President Joe Biden, at the Amway Center in Orlando .

You can't make up the world into 'us' and 'them' and denigrate and express hatred towards groups because of the colour of their skin, or their faith, or their sexual orientation, and not feed something very dangerous in this world.

– US President Barack Obama
Barack Obama and Joe Biden laying wreaths at the memorial in Orlando. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria

After the meeting the pair laid wreaths at a makeshift memorial for the 49 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

Target gives $250,000 to fund in honour of team members

Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo both died in the shooting Credit: Facebook

Target has donated $250,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, after two of their team members were killed during the Orlando shooting on Sunday.

The fund was set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to provide funds for non-profit organisations helping victims, their families, and the community.

Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo were both killed in Pulse nightclub in Orlando, in what is now America's worst mass shooting in modern history.

We were devastated to hear the news of the horrific event in Orlando, made even more personal by the tragic loss of two of our own team members.

I want to personally thank the local Target team in Orlando for pulling together during an incredibly difficult and emotional time to do everything they can to help the community.

– Brian Cornell, chief executive officer, Target


Orlando survivor describes attack which killed best friend

A man who saw his best friend fatally shot during the Orlando massacre at a gay club has described waiting for death during a three-hour ordeal at the hands of gunman Omar Mateen.

Richard Aiken had been looking forwards to a night out with his friend Tevin Crosby but instead was caught up in the horrific attack in which 49 people were killed, he told ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar.

The friends were in the bathroom when they heard gunshots before being confronted by Mateen, who gunned down clubbers packed into the stalls together.

"We can hear the shots getting closer and closer," he said as the gunman approached before opening fire on the terrified group.

After each shot I just kept wondering am I next? Is this going to hurt? Where is he going to shoot me?

– Richard Aiken

Mr Aiken only discovered afterwards that his best friend was among the 49 dead.

"I don't have a best friend anymore, I don't have a person I can call," he said.

Officers given counselling after Orlando killings

Police officers involved in responding the largest ever US mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have been offered counselling to cope with the horrors of the scene.

Police chief John Mina said up to 400 officers and swat team members had taken part in a stress management briefing and would be offered ongoing therapy.

These are some of the most courageous, heroic and toughest men I know.... but no-one can prepare you for what those officers encountered that night.

They stood toe-to-toe, went face-to-face with the mass murderer and performed heroically and courageously and I'm extremely proud of them.

– John Mina

Meanwhile the US attorney in charge of the investigation has declined to confirm whether Sitora Yusufiy, the ex-wife of gunman Omar Mateen, would face charges after it was claimed she may have had prior knowledge of his plans.

Lee Bentley told reporters: "I'm not going to speculate about any charges that may be brought or indeed about whether any charges will be brought in this case."

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