Transcript: Pulse Shooter Told Negotiator Why He Attacked Nightclub

“That’s what triggered it, okay?”

The gunman who murdered 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in June told police he was retaliating against American attacks against ISIS

”You have to tell the U.S. government to stop bombing,” Omar Mateen told a police negotiator by phone, according to newly released transcripts. “They are killing too many children. They are killing too many women, okay.”

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On Friday, officials released transcripts of Mateen’s conversations before his death.

He mentioned one attack by name—a May airstrike that killed Islamic State leader Abu Wahib.

“Yo, the airstrike that killed Abu Wahib a few weeks ago,” Mateen said. “That’s what triggered it, okay?”

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Wahib reportedly killed three truck drivers because they were Shiite Muslims, then posted the video of the murders online. 

In some instances, Mateen refused to answer questions. Other times it appears he was lying—like his boast he had littered the Pulse parking lot with enough bombs “[to] take out a whole city block.”

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 13:  Police and law enforcement officials continued to block off parts of South Orange Avenue near  Pulse Nightclub on Monday morning, June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Telling the negotiator “My name is Islamic soldier,” and “Call me Mujahideen, Mateen also declared he was observing the holy month of Ramadan.

“I fasted the whole day today. I fasted the whole day and I prayed.”

Orlando Continues To Mourn The Mass Shooting At Gay Club That Killed 49
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Authorities have not found any link between Mateen and an organized terror cell.

Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, claims he was tormented by his homosexuality and the attack was an attempt to impress his father.

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