Omar Mateen, who shot 49 people in a gay club Orlando, called the police after the attack and called himself a “soldier of Islam.” The FBI issued a transcript of conversations between the police negotiator and the shooter during a three-hour siege.
During the conversation with the dispatcher 29-year-old Mateen mentioned the war in Syria and the terrorist attacks in Paris. After riot police stormed a gay club, the assailant was killed in a shootout with police.
According to the FBI, Mateen spoke with the dispatcher twice. Calls were made approximately 30 minutes after the start of shooting. Most likely, at this moment Mateen held hostage by a few dozen people.
The first call lasted about 50 seconds:
Police: Orlando Police listening.
Mateen: Omar Mateen.
Police: It is a service of salvation 911. The conversation is recorded.
Mateen: (in Arabic) In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Mateen: (in Arabic) Praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon His Prophet. (In English) I inform you that I am in Orlando and that’s what I was shooting.
Police: What is your name?
Mateen: My name is … I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
Police: Okay, what’s your name?
Mateen: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, (the Arabic) but Allah protect him, (the English) on behalf of the Islamic State.
Police: Okay, where are you?
Mateen: In Orlando.
Police: Where in Orlando?