The man who killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in the worst gun rampage in US history, was strongly radicalized using the internet, Barack Obama and the head of the FBI have confirmed.

The US president told reporters at the White House following a meeting of security officials that Omar Mateen, the American-born gunman who brought terror to Pulse gay club, had been “inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet”.

The president’s words were echoed shortly afterwards by James Comey, director of the FBI, which is leading the investigation into the Florida attack, who said there were “strong indications of radicalization by this killer, and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations”.

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