A lone gunman armed with an assault rifle shot and killed 50 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.

In defiance of Orlando shooting social media users are sharing pictures of TwoMenKissingImage source: Carl Fearn/Twitter (left), jared_mathew/Instagram (right)
news Orlando shooting Monday, June 13, 2016 - 15:29

In what is said to be the "worst terror attack" in American history since 9/11, a lone gunman armed with an assault rifle shot and killed 50 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

As a mark of defiance and protest against the ghastly attack targeted at the LGBT community, social media users from across the world have been posting pictures of men kissing or embracing using the hashtag "twomenkissing".

 

 

#orlando #twomenkissing

A photo posted by Dustin Bolt (@dustin.bolt) on

 

#twomenkissing #loveislove #orlando

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#twomenkissing #pulsenightclub #withorlando #orlandostrong

A photo posted by pstockk (@pstockk) on

 

#twomenkissing #westandwithorlando #love #humanrights

A photo posted by Simon (@siiiid13) on

 

In times of hate, one must fight back with love. #twomenkissing #weareorlando #orlando

A photo posted by Eduardo Samuel (@braziliandork) on

The shooter, who was later shot dead by the police, has been identified as Omar Mateen who pledged allegiance to ISIS in a phone call to emergency number 911 during the attack.

Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard who was born in New York to Afghan parents, called 911 after his initial assault on the dance club to pledge allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, law enforcement officials were quoted as saying by media reports.

During the call, he also mentioned the Boston bombers -- Tsarnaev brothers, who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

He made the 911 call from a bathroom of the gay club in Orlando, Florida. During the call he gave his full name, officials said.

(PTI inputs)

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