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Obama To Visit Orlando Thursday

He will pay respects to families of the victims of Sunday's shooting at a nightclub.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando, Florida, on Thursday to pay respects to families of the victims of Sunday's shooting at a nightclub, the White House said on Monday.

Earlier on Monday, Obama said there was no clear evidence that the shooter in Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, Florida, was directed by a larger terrorist network.

“It appears that the shooter was inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office after a briefing by senior officials including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.

“As far as we can tell right now, this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time,” Obama said.

Obama said there was no evidence that Mateen, who killed 49 people at the club before he was shot dead by police, was part of a wider plot.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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