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Orlando shooting: Barack Obama meets victims and pleads for unity

  • America is in mourning after the worst mass shooting in its history
  • Omar Mateen's attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead
  • So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack
  • President Obama says there is no clear evidence the gunman was directed by IS
  • Witnesses have claimed that Mateen was a regular visitor to the club he attacked
  • His wife said she tried to talk him out of conducting any kind of attack
  • His father has blamed security at the club for the attack
  • One gun shop refused to sell him ammunition as he was acting suspiciously

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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.

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