Muslims urge political leaders not to capitalise on attack

Gunman in deadliest US mass shooting worshipped at mosque near his home

Muhammad Musri, iman of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, with law enforcement and local community leaders at a press conference in Orlando. Photograph: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Muhammad Musri, iman of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, with law enforcement and local community leaders at a press conference in Orlando. Photograph: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Florida’s Muslim leaders have expressed disgust and revulsion at the worst mass shooting in US history which was perpetrated by an Afghan-American Muslim man, and urged political leaders not to fan Islamophobic rhetoric.

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen (29), the lone gunman behind the massacre, worshipped at a mosque in Fort Pierce, Florida, near Mateen’s home in Port St Lucie.

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