Indian Sikhs mourn US temple shooting, where 7 people died
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Sikh leaders and politicians in India mourned on Monday the killings of Sikhs at a temple in the United States (US), with some suggesting the shooter may have intended to target Muslims.
"This is a terrible incident that has happened ... and I believe this has made all Sikhs very sad," said Mr Avtar Singh, president of the trust that runs Sikhdom's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Speaking to the NDTV news channel, Mr Singh called on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, himself a Sikh, to "get details of this incident and take action." A gunman attacked worshippers on Sunday at a suburban Sikh temple in Wisconsin in the mid-western United States, killing at least six people before he was shot dead by police.
According to religious tradition, Sikh Indians wear turbans to cover their uncut hair and sport long beards.