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Orlando shooter's father: "I condemn what he did"

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Orlando shooter's father: "I condemn what he did"

<p>What drove Omar Mateen to commit the worst mass shooting in US history?</p> <p>Mental illness? Radicalisation? Homophobia? Or a combination of all three?</p> <p>As the debate continues, the mass murderer’s father has said he can’t forgive his son.</p> <p>Afghan-born Seddique Mateen is a fringe political commentator whose posts on social media have been making their own headlines since Sunday’s tragedy.</p> <p>Describing his son’s actions as those of a “terrorist”, he said: “I condemn what he did”.</p> <p>“I wish I did know …what he was doing… I would have arrested him myself.”</p> <p>And to those mourning loved ones killed by Omar Mateen, he said:</p> <p>“I apologise for what my son did and I am as sad and as mad as you guys are. You are my family.”</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Omar Mateen’s father calls the Orlando shooting "an act of terrorism" <a href="https://t.co/hGMFD770wB">https://t.co/hGMFD770wB</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZME595duZc">pic.twitter.com/ZME595duZc</a></p>— The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/742419521366020096">13 juin 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Mateen’s father, speaking at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, has said his son was not radicalised but he indicated the gunman had strong anti-gay feelings. The shooter’s ex-wife has described him as mentally unstable and violent toward her.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orlando?src=hash">#Orlando</a> shooter's ex-wife says she was rescued from a "disturbed" and violent Omar Mateen: <a href="https://t.co/TYnCk5otiQ">https://t.co/TYnCk5otiQ</a><a href="https://t.co/u04q2ptvwr">https://t.co/u04q2ptvwr</a></p>— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) <a href="https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/742358708911366144">13 juin 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>