House Intelligence chairman: Orlando attack ‘looks like radical Islam’

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Sunday the attack at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub that left 50 dead resembles last year’s Paris terrorist attacks at a music venue.

“We need to let the FBI conduct their investigation, but I will say, everything that I’m seeing now points to some type of radical Islam,” Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said on CNN.

{mosads}”This is very, very similar to the attack on the nightclub in the concert hall in Paris, and that’s why it’s critical right now in this juncture for the FBI and other law enforcement to quickly track down all possible leads to see if this individual is connected to any other terrorist nodes around the United States or elsewhere.”

Approximately 50 people were injured in the attack at the gay nightclub, which occurred during LGBT Pride Month.

Witnesses said at first they didn’t know what was happening in the dark and loud nightclub, Nunes said.

“They just thought it was part of the music,” he said.

“And then it’s hard once you’re in a nightclub or a concert or something like that, there’s only so many exits. And so it’s just an easy place to quickly take on soft targets in a short amount of time.” 

The country is beginning to see growing radicalization, Nunes said, but cautioned that people need to wait and let the FBI continue its investigation.

“I’m not jumping to any conclusions, I want to make that clear,” he said.

“But I think we need to know. Just from my experience, this looks like radical Islam.”

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