Wife of Orlando Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen arrested

Mateen pledged allegiance to Isis in the aftermath of his rampage

Mateen killed 49 people in a shooting spree at the Pulse nightclub last June

Monday, January 16, 2017

The wife of the gunman who killed dozens of people at the Pulse nightclub last year has been arrested.

Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, was detained near her home in San Francisco, facing two federal charges: obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting the attempted provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.

Salman's lawyer has told ABC News that she is likely to make her first appearance in court on Tuesday (January 17) and it is expected that she will be extradited to Tampa, the city where she was indited.

It is reported that prosecutors had been considering pressing charges against Salman for several months.

Salman has previously said she was unaware of Mateen's radical tendencies in the lead-up to his shooting spree at the LGBT nightclub last June, which killed 49 people and wounded 53.

Mateen pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 911 calls to police before being gunned down in a shootout with officers.

It was subsequently claimed that Mateen was gay or bisexual himself and had regularly visited gay nightclubs in the months before the shooting. However investigators have said there is no clear evidence to support these claims.