Wife of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Arrested in Connection to Orlando Mass Shooting

Noor Salman was taken into custody by FBI agents at her home in the Bay Area Monday morning, an FBI source confirms to PEOPLE

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The wife of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter has been arrested in connection with last June’s attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more, PEOPLE confirms.

Noor Salman faces federal charges of aiding and abetting by providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice, Orlando police announced in a tweet. Salman was taken into custody by FBI agents at her home in the Bay Area Monday morning, San Francisco FBI Media Coordinator Prentice Danner confirms to PEOPLE.

It’s unclear how long Salman has been living in the Bay Area, Danner says. He adds that she is being charged by federal authorities in Florida.

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Salman’s husband, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with police during the attack, which was the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

During the shooting, Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS, a federal official told PEOPLE in June.

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Three law enforcement sources told PEOPLE in June that Salman exchanged texts with her husband the night of the shooting.

The sources told PEOPLE that at around 2 a.m. the morning of the attack, the shooter’s mother called Salman, wondering where her son was.

Salman said she didn’t know, and allegedly texted her husband, “Where are you,” the source said.

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In response, the source said, the shooter texted back, “Do you see what’s happening.”

His wife allegedly replied “No?” according to the source.

The shooter then texted: “I love you, babe.”

The shooter subsequently opened fire on the gay-friendly nightclub.

After the text exchange, Salman allegedly tried calling her husband on his cell phone, the source said.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement, “Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime.”

It was not immediately clear if Salman had retained an attorney or entered a plea. Information on where she is being held was also not immediately available.

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