Mateen Traveled to Saudi Arabia for 'Muslim Pilgrimage' in 2011 and 2012, Before FBI Interviews

Posted: Jun 13, 2016 10:45 AM

Federal officials have told NBC News that Omar Mateen went to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012.  The officials were not able to make any distinction on what he was doing there.

However, a spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior told NBC News that Mateen visited to perform the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca known as Umrah.

As Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca in their so-called pilgrimage, they gather by the thousands around the religious birthplace of Muhammad and circle the mosque seven times.