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Iran Condemns Terrorist Mass Shooting in Orlando

Monday, June 13, 2016

Iran has slammed the terrorist mass shooting in the US city of Orlando, reaffirming the necessity of launching a firm campaign against the scourge of terrorism.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, in line with its principled policy in condemning terrorism and its strong determination to firmly and decisively counter this ominous phenomenon, denounces the recent terrorist attack in US city of Orlando,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, said.

In the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11, an American-born man who had pledged allegiance to the Daesh terrorist group killed 50 people at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, June 12. At least 53 others were also injured in the shooting.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, took hostages at the club and barricaded himself in the complex but was later killed by specially trained SWAT units.

Iran has also condemned a terrorist bomb attack in the Lebanese capital Beirut, which left a number of people injured, saying the bombing was meant to undermine peace and security in the country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari reaffirmed Iran’s support for the stability and security of Lebanon as well as efforts made by the Lebanese government and nation to confront terrorism.

He further called on all political and religious groups in Lebanon to exercise vigilance and work to promote national peace in order to thwart the plots of terrorists and their clandestine supporters.

On Sunday evening, June 12, a bomb went off in Beirut outside the headquarters of the Lebanese Blom Bank, inflicting heavy material damage on the area.

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