Amber Jamieson, The Guardian, January 16, 2017
The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub shooting was arrested on Monday near the Bay Area, an FBI official said.
Noor Salman is the widow of Omar Mateen, who died in a shootout with police after the 12 June 2016 terror attack at an LGBT night club in Orlando, Florida, in which 53 people were wounded.
“I can confirm she was arrested this morning in the Bay Area,” a local FBI official told the Guardian.
The official was unable to confirm the exact charges against Salman, explaining that Florida’s middle district FBI office, which covers Orlando, was handling the case and therefore made the charges.
Messages left for the middle district office were not immediately returned. The New York Times reported that she was charged with obstruction.
Salman was interviewed by FBI officials immediately after the attack and has previously said she was “unaware” of her husband’s plans to embark on a mass shooting.