Orlando gunman's wife may face charges: Prosecutors

    Orlando gunman's wife may face charges: Prosecutors

    June 15, Florida: The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando could face charges in connection with the attack, reports said.

    Prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate Noor Salman, wife of gunman Omar Mateen, sources quoted by Fox News and Reuters said.

    She is reported to have told police she tried to talk her husband out of attacking the Pulse nightclub. The attack in the club was the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

    According to reports, 53 people were wounded and six remain in a critical condition.

    Prosecutors quoted by Fox News said they were seeking to charge Noor Salman as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder, as well as with failure to warn authorities about the impending attack.

    It was possible that Mateen had called his wife from inside the club while the killings were taking place, Fox quoted a source as saying.

    Although Salman has been questioned since the attack early on Sunday, she has not been arrested.

    Witnesses said that he had visited the club as a guest several times over the past three years and interacted with other club goers on gay dating apps.

    US Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee which received a briefing on the investigation, told CNN that "it appears she had some knowledge of what was going on".

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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