Disturbing details are emerging about the father of the gunman responsible for Sunday’s Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando.
FATHER OF GUNMAN SAID ATTACK NOT RELATED TO RELIGION: After the gunman was identified, his father, Seddique Mir Mateen, told the news media that “this had nothing to do with religion”. The father said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago and thought that might be the motive for the shooting.
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock, like the whole country,” Seddique Mir Mateen said.
But the son has become more religious in recent months. Matten was a follower of a controversial gang leader-turned-bank robber who was released from prison last year despite warnings from prosecutors that he would recruit people to carry out violent acts. Omar Mateen was a radical Muslim who followed Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a law enforcement source said. “It is no coincidence that this happened in Orlando,” said a law enforcement source familiar with Robertson’s history of recruiting terrorists and inciting violence. “Mateen was enrolled in [Robertson’s online] Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary.”
FATHER IS FROM AFGHANISTAN: The gunman, Omar Mateen was born in New York, but both of his parents are from Afghanistan. Reportedly, the father is referred to under two different names, Seddique Mateen and Mir Seddique.
HE OWNS A NON-PROFIT COMPANY – Seddique Mateen owns a non-profit company, “The Durand Jirga, Inc,” established November 28, 2010, in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He has dozens of YouTube video clips of himself on a “political talk show” called the “Durand Jirga Show”. The news broadcasts are not in English, but it has been reported that the shows consisted of Seddique Mateen “railing against America and praising the Taliban.”
SUPPORTER OF THE AFGHAN TALIBAN
Heavy News reports: Seddique holds strong political views and supports the Afghan Taliban. There are several videos posted on a Youtube channel under Seddique Mateen’s name. In one of the videos Seddique denounces the Pakistani government and expresses gratitude towards the Afghan Taliban. He stated: “Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up. Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.”
ANNOUNCED THAT HIS IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN
Heavy News reported that only hours before the massacre in Orlando, Seddique posted a video called Provisional Government of Afghanistan on a Facebook page. It appears that he is pretending to be the president of Afghanistan, and orders the arrest of multiple Afghan political figures.
Dressed in army attire, he stated: “I order national army, national police and intelligence department to immediately imprison Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Zalmay Khalilzad, Atmar, and Sayyaf. They are against our countrymen, and against our homeland.”