In Afghan-American community, attack elicits horror, sorrow


FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — In this Northern California city where people can buy prayer flags at the dollar store, fresh-baked Afghan bread at corner markets and feast on beef kabobs in “little Kabul’s” many restaurants, Afghan-Americans are angry.

With news that Omar Mateen killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Florida and was born to Afghan immigrant parents, the community is expressing horror, sorrow and disbelief that one of their own could commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, is a bedroom city with a thriving waterpark, leafy streets and a public lake. It’s also home to the largest population of Afghan-Americans in the country.

Some say they don’t believe there will be a backlash against the community, while others are wary after the attack.