ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on an Orlando gay nightclub that left 50 people dead on Sunday morning.
Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, pledged allegiance to ISIS during a phone call with 911.
Twitter accounts for ISIS made tweets rejoicing the attacks in Orlando at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
According to sharia law, homosexuality is “illegal” and they are subject to being thrown off a roof and stoned.
ISIS sympathizers started using the hashtag, “OrlandoIsBurning” after the attacks, which resembles the hashtags used by ISIS for the Paris attacks as well as Brussels attacks, which read “ParisIsBurning” and “BrusselsIsBurning.”
According to Amaq News Agency, the ISIS affiliated news agency, commented on the shooting:
“It is not uncommon for ISIS to release its first – and sometimes only – claim via al-Amaq, yet major ‘operations’ such as the Paris attack or the downing of the Russian plane [in Egypt] have been claimed through official ISIS statements first, and later an al-Amaq communique, Michael Horowitz, a geopolitical and security analyst at the Levantine Group, a Middle East-based risk consultancy, told Business Insider.
ISIS leaders never directly claimed responsibility for the attack, so it is most likely that it was a lone-wolf attack where an attacker acts in the name of ISIS but was never planned or coordinated with with the group.
ISIS has been encouraging these kinds of attacks in their home countries since they are losing in the Middle East.