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World leaders express shock over latest US shooting

Published on Dec 15, 2012 6:11 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - World leaders expressed shock and horror after a gunman massacred 20 small children and six teachers Friday in the United States (US) state of Connecticut, in one of the worst school shootings in history.

“I would like to express my shock at the tragic shooting at the school in Connecticut today,” European Union diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton said.

The head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso spoke of his “deep shock and horror” upon hearing of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which he called a “terrible tragedy”.

“Young lives full of hope have been destroyed,” he said in a statement.

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