Orlando shooter twice pledged allegiance to IS head during attack

The Times of Israel

ORLANDO, Florida — Orlando gunman Omar Mateen twice pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his shooting spree, in which 49 people died and dozens were wounded, according to the full transcripts released by the US Justice Department on Monday.

The FBI initially distributed redacted versions of the call transcript, which omitted the direct references to the Islamic State, but later released the full account “to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances,” the bureau said in a statement.