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Former teacher says terrorist’s wife “is incapable of being an accomplice”

June 20, 2016

As the investigation into Noor Zahi Salman, the widow of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, continues, one of her former teachers spoke out to ABC News and called into question whether Salman would even be capable of assisting in a terror plot. A woman named “Susan,” who declined to provide her last name and asked for her identity to be obscured on camera, said she taught Salman in middle school. According to Susan, Salman’s entire curriculum was taught in special education classes while growing up, and she faced numerous learning challenges.

“Noor had difficulty with retention, she had difficulty with conceptualizing, understanding, all challenges to her. She tried hard. She was very sweet,” Susan said, adding, “I thought she is incapable of being an accomplice.” In a statement to ABC News, Salman’s family confirmed that Susan was her teacher in middle school, and confirmed her claims about special education classes. The family also insisted Salman had no knowledge of her husband’s plot that resulted in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. “Noor is completely innocent and [was] unaware of the attacks,” the statement said, adding that Salman is unable to understand “cause and effect.”

According to previous reports, investigators working the case said Salman told them that she was aware of the plot and tried to talk him out of going through with it, but did not notify authorities of his attack plans. Investigators have also reportedly said that Salman accompanied Mateen on trips to the store when he purchased ammunition and exchanged text messages with him at the height of the siege in the early morning hours last Sunday.

Read the full story at ABC News.


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