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Orlando Jihadi’s Wife Believed Sunday Attack Was Coming, Refused To Tell Police

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Excerpted from NBC News: The Orlando gunman’s wife feared he was going to attack a gay nightclub overnight Saturday and pleaded with him not to do anything violent — but failed to warn police after he left, NBC News has learned.

Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, told the FBI that her husband assured her he was simply going to see friends, although she believed he was actually planning to unleash terror at the Pulse nightclub, a two-hour drive north from their home in Port St. Lucie.

Mateen, 29, opened fire at Pulse early Sunday, leaving 49 dead and 53 injured.

Twenty-seven victims remained hospitalized Tuesday. Six were in critical condition, according to hospital officials who said the death toll was still at risk of rising because one or two of those patients were “profoundly ill.”

Noor apparently had an inkling about her husband’s sinister plot after she told the FBI she once drove him to Pulse because he wanted to scope it out.

In addition, she said she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said.
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Authorities are considering filing criminal charges against Noor for failing to tell them what she knew before the brutal attack, law enforcement officials say, but no decision has been made.

She is cooperating with investigators, several officials add, but worry that once charges are filed, she may stop talking.

Mateen, who was carrying a handgun and a Sig Sauer MCX, died in a shootout with police following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history — and the most deadly act of terror in the country since 9/11. Keep reading

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