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Orlando Massacre : Gunman’s Spouse May Face Charges—US Official

Posted: Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando could face charges in connection with the attack, according to  media reports.

BBC  report  said prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate Noor Salman, wife of gunman Omar Mateen, sources quoted by Fox News and Reuters say.

She is reported to have told police she tried to persuade her husband not carry out the attack of  Pulse nightclub , meaning that she he had the premonition that  her  husband  was going to carry out  the attack and failed to alert  the  police.

The attack in Florida was the worst mass shooting in recent United States  history.

Fifty-three people were wounded and six remain in a critical condition.

Prosecutors quoted by Fox News said they were seeking to charge Noor Salman as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder, as well as with failure to warn authorities about the impending attack.

It was possible that Mateen had called his wife from inside the club while the killings were taking place, Fox quoted a source as saying.

Although Ms Salman has been questioned since the attack early on Sunday, she has not been arrested.

United  State Senator, Sen Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee which received a briefing on the investigation, told CNN that “it appears she had some knowledge of what was going on”.

“She definitely is, I guess you would say, a person of interest right now and appears to be co-operating and can provide us with some important information,” he added.

On Tuesday, US media reported that Noor Salman had gone with Omar Mateen to buy ammunition and had also driven him to the Pulse nightclub on a previous occasion because he had wanted to survey it.

However, she said she had tried to talk her husband out of carrying out the attack, sources quoted by NBC News said.

Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, said on Tuesday that Ms Salman – his son’s second wife – had returned to the couple’s flat on Monday to pick up some clothes. He said she and the couple’s young son were still in Florida but declined to say where.

Mateen, 29, who was killed when police stormed the club, pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State (IS) during the attack, authorities say.