Expressing his shock and sadness over the terror killing of innocent civilians in Orlando on Sunday, President Pranab Mukherjee, who is currently on a state visit to Ghana, said, India condemns terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations. We believe that there can be no justification for such senseless acts of violence, and that all disputes and differences must be resolved through peaceful means.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, a resident of Fort Pierce, Florida, reportedly called 911 shortly before the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers. Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Friday and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police said. Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.