Terrorist’s father: ‘I don’t think he was radicalized’

Terrorist’s father: ‘I don’t think he was radicalized’
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Late last night, the father of the ISIS-inspired terrorist that killed 49 people in Orlando spoke publicly about his son for the first time. Siddique Mateen told ABC News that he didn’t notice anything unusual from his son Omar when the father saw him just hours before the terrorist attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub. But that might be because the father isn’t exactly on the square himself:

“I didn’t see anything irregular with him. I saw him yesterday [Saturday] afternoon,” Seddique Mateen said. “It makes me upset, it makes me mad that I didn’t see anything unusual.”…

“I don’t think he was radicalized,” Seddique Mateen said. “That’s what my gut feeling tells me.”

Omar Mateen’s ex-wife told the media after the shooting that the terrorist regularly beat her during their marriage, to the point where her family had to “rescue” her from Marteen four months after their wedding. His father said he never heard that before yesterday….

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