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Orlando mass shooting an act of terror and hate - Obama

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 6:59 PM
An undated photo provided by the Orlando Police Dept showing Omar Mateen, the man accused of committing the Orlando club mass shooting this morning.

US President Barack Obama has described the killing of 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida as "an act of terror and hate".

Obama says although investigations are still open, what is clear is that the shooter was "full of hatred". He says the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is treating the situation as an act of terrorism.

The gunman, named by officials as Omar Mateen, was killed by police during a stand off at the club where he also held hostages. Fifty-three other people were also injured during the rampage, which has occurred as the gay community prepares for its Gay Pride celebrations. 

A state of emergency has been declared for the city of Orlando, while Florida's governor has declared a state of emergency for Orange County where the city is located.

The US president says he has given directives to the Federal Government to make the full resources available to the FBI and other teams investigating the incident. 

Obama used the shooting to once again call attention to the need for gun control laws in America.