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Amid reports that the wife of Orlando killer Omar Mateen may have known of her husbands plans to launch a terrorist attack, FBI agents visited Noor Zahi Salman’s childhood home in Rodeo, California.

NBC News reported:

On Tuesday afternoon, three FBI agents visited Noor Zahi Zalman’s childhood house between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and where her mother still lives with her 14-year-old sister, an FBI spokesperson confirmed to NBC News. The agents, who were in plainclothes rather than FBI jackets, conducted a “knock and talk,” typical of an investigation of this kind. The visit lasted less than two hours. The FBI said the visit was not a raid.

At the time of the FBI’s visit, there were other family members inside the house, including two of Salman’s younger sisters and two nephews.


Salman told the FBI she was with Mateen when he bought ammunition and that she once dropped him off at the Pulse nightclub so he could “scope it out,” according to NBC News. She also said she suspected that he was planning something and tried to talk him out of it.

Authories are considering whether to file charges against Salmon.

NBC News contradicts a Daily Mail report that said the family home “has been raided by the FBI.”

“Two woman approached first and shouted FBI before being let in, along with male agent,” the British tabloid reported.

A woman believed to be the wife’s mother, Zahi Salman, spoke briefly with the Mail.

“We are OK but we don’t want to say anything,” the woman said. “I am waiting for my daughter and to hear of her son. We will be OK.”

The Mail was on hand when the FBI was present and posted a number of photos, to include the following:

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Agents on the scene: Two women were the first to enter the house
Zahi Salman opens the door to a third agent
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