People hold candles at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, as they gather at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 19, 2016. (Craig Rubadoux/Florida Today via AP)
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The gunman who slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida threatened to blow up a car rigged with bombs and to strap hostages into explosive vests, according to partial transcripts of his 911 calls released Monday.The FBI published the heavily redacted text of Omar Mateen's phone conversations with a dispatcher and crisis negotiators and sought to fend off criticism that police may have acted too slowly to end a three-hour standoff at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. No explosive vests or bombs were found in the nightclub or the suspect's car, however, the FBI said.Mateen identified himself as an "Islamic soldier," according to the FBI transcript, and he told a negotiator to tell the United States to stop bombing Syria and Iraq.
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