Orlando Gunman’s Father: ‘I Do Not Know What Caused This’
The father of the man identified as the gunman in the Florida mass killings says he is "extremely" upset over the incident.
The gunman killed 49 people early Sunday at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Over 50 others were wounded.
Seddique Mateen says he has no idea why his son, Omar Mateen, carried out such an attack "during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan."
"I do not know what caused this," the father said. "I did not know he had hatred in his heart."
Seddique Mateen lives in Florida. He calls himself the revolutionary president of Afghanistan. He has been communicating with the Afghan people through video messages on his Facebook account.
Mateen has appointed a "cabinet" for his revolutionary government. He also has been releasing "orders" and "policy" statements on his Facebook page.
Mateen placed a message on Facebook hours before his son attacked the gay nightclub. In it, he spoke to those he called, "the revolutionary people of Afghanistan." He said they have the ability to arrest the Afghan president, the Afghan national security adviser and Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.
In his video messages, Seddique Mateen is critical of the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He said that his revolutionary government will help Afghans get rid of the war and corruption and will guarantee a "prosperous" Afghanistan.
In a video message Saturday, Mateen criticized individuals inside the Afghan government who he said are plotting against the Afghan people. He accused the national security adviser, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, of helping the Islamic State group. In addition, he accused former President Hamid Karzai of leading the plans and activities of the "Iran and Pakistan-backed" Taliban.
Mateen traveled to Mexico in early June and sent messages to Afghans from a cruise ship. Before leaving, he said he was on an "official" trip.
A VOA reporter spoke with an individual who did not want to be identified. The person said Seddique Mateen launched an organization called "Durand Line Jirga" for political and financial purposes.
Mateen organized a gathering of Afghans a few years ago in Northern Virginia. A number of people objected because he "pursued his own political agenda," one person not wishing to be identified told VOA. "He wanted to establish contacts with U.S. officials and congressmen," the person said.
Mateen spoke to NBC News about his son's actions. "This has nothing to do with religion," he said. "We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We are not aware of any action he is taking."
He added that his son was "enraged" when he saw two men kissing a few months ago in Miami.
Afghan President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have strongly condemned the Orlando nightclub attack. "Targeting civilians is not justifiable under any circumstances whatsoever," Ghani said.
Abdullah said, "Terrorism and terrorists, as foes of human being(s), are not representing any faith, religion, ethnicity (or) race."
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1.Seddique Mateen says he has no idea why his son, Omar Mateen, carried out such an attack "during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan."
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2.He said that his revolutionary government will help Afghans get rid of the war and corruption and will guarantee a "prosperous" Afghanistan.
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上周日早些时候，凶手持枪在佛罗里达州的奥兰多市一家夜总会杀害了49人 。另有50多人受伤 。
沙迪克·马丁现居于佛罗里达 。他称自己为阿富汗总统 。他曾在脸书上发布视频与阿富汗人交流 。
马丁还为他的革命政府指定了一个内阁 。他甚至在脸书主页上发布“命令”和“政策”言论 。
在儿子袭击同性恋夜店前的几个小时，马丁在脸书上发布了一则视频 。他在视频中与所谓的“阿富汗的革命群众们”对话 。他说已经有能力逮捕阿富汗总统、阿富汗国家安全顾问以及前美国驻阿富汗大使Zalmay Khalilzad 。
在视频中，沙迪克·马丁批判了阿富汗现任总统阿什拉夫及其政府 。他说他组阁的革命政府能帮助阿富汗摆脱战争和地区冲突，能为阿富汗带来繁荣 。
周六发布的一则视频中，马丁指责阿富汗政府中有人密谋反对人民 。国家安全顾问阿特马尔秘密帮助“伊斯兰国”组织 。另外，他还指责前总统哈米德·卡尔扎伊主导并策划了“伊朗和巴基斯坦支持的”塔利班武装 。
6月初，马丁到墨西哥游玩时曾在游艇上发布了一则视频 。离开前，他说这是一次“正式”访问 。
VOA记者采访了一位不愿意透露身份的人 。此人表示沙迪克·马丁出于政治和金融目的发起了一个名为“Durand Line Jirga”的组织 。
一位匿名人士告诉VOA，几年前马丁在弗吉尼亚州北部组织了一次阿富汗人的聚会 。一些人拒绝参加，因为马丁只“追求自己的政治议题” 。“他想与美国官员和议员建立联系” 。
接受国家广播公司新闻采访时，马丁针对儿子的行为发表了看法 。“这与宗教无关 。”他说，“我们对整个事件深表歉意 。我们对他的所作所为一无所知 。”
阿富汗总统加尼及行政长官阿卜杜拉·阿卜杜拉强烈谴责了奥兰多夜店的这起袭击事件 。加尼称“无论在任何情况下，持枪伤人都是不被允许的 。”