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Man arrested with assault rifle, explosives in California says was headed to gay pride parade

US-CRIME-SHOOTING-PARADE-SECURITY Police and FBI agents stand by to provide security for the 2016 Gay Pride Parade on Sunday in Los Angeles, California | AFP

A man was arrested on Sunday in Santa Monica, who was allegedly carrying explosives, assault rifles and ammunition in his car.

The man in question told the law enforcement officers that he was in the town for the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood, reported L.A.Times.

The patrolling officers questioned an individual based on a distrust call near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. During the inspection, the officials found “several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb,” said the report.

The officials were not able to draw any connection between his arrest and mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando in Florida on Sunday.

A gunman, identified as Umar Mateen, stormed a gay bar and opened fire indiscriminately killing at least 50 and wounding more than 50 others. He was a US citizen of Afghan descent.

The case is now being probed by the FBI, which is also exploring the terror angle in the worst mass shooting in American history.

In the meantime, the gunman's father told the media that his son's hatred against LGBT community was the main motive behind the shooting. He had also apologised to the victims.

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