The shooter who carried out the worst mass killing in American history was enrolled in an Islamic seminary run by an ex-con released from prison last year who prosecutors say recruited others for terrorism, sources told Fox News.
Omar Mateen — who police said killed at least 49 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, early Sunday morning before SWAT teams fatally shot him — was a radical Muslim enrolled at Marcus Dwayne Robertson’s Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary, a law enforcement source told Fox News.
At the online school — recently renamed Timbuktu Seminary, Fox News said — Robertson, 47, is known as Abu Taubah.
Law enforcement sources told Fox News that Robertson was taken in for questioning early Sunday morning, but his longtime attorney Corey Cohen wouldn’t comment if Robertson was in custody.
Police didn’t confirm or deny picking up Robertson, Fox News said.
Robertson is a former U.S. Marine who allegedly was a bodyguard for the infamous Blind Sheik who led the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Fox News said. He also headed a New York bank robbery gang called “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” before starting an Islamic seminary in Orlando where he ”openly and enthusiastically preached against homosexuality,” Fox News added.
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