World leaders and Pope Francis have expressed great horror and condemnation over the mass shooting incident. The Pontiff has expressed grief over the loss of lives. It was stated by Lombardi that Pope was upset and deeply saddened by the “homicidal folly and senseless hatred” of the attack. “We all hope that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence,” the statement said.
29-year-old, American-born Umar Mateen who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down about 49 people early Sunday, June 5 at a nightclub in Orlando. This was the deadliest mass shooting in the US’ history since 9/11.The shooter was carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the heavily crowded Pulse club about 2 a.m. Sunday and opened indiscriminate fire, killing 49 people and wounding at least 53 according to the officials. The assaulter was engaged in a standoff of about three hours, and swat team crashed into the building and stun grenades and killed Mateen.
World and religious leaders were also quick to stand in solidarity with the United States.”I’m horrified by reports of the overnight shooting in Orlando. My thoughts are with the victims and their families,”stated UK PM David Cameron. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement to President Obama that “we are connected in deep mourning.”
“But even in the face of such cruelty, we will stick to our values and beliefs … We will not give up our freedom, our lives rooted in humanity and charity and our enjoyment of the community. Our open societies are stronger than any rabid hatred,” Merkel said. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that shooting didn’t “represent the will of a vast majority of Muslims.”
“It is just another representation of a cancer of radicalization — one that we promise to fight every day of our lives,” he said in a statement.