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World leaders express shock over latest US shooting

Published on Dec 15, 2012 4:34 PM
 
Mourners gather inside the St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left at least 27 people dead, many of them young children in Newtown, Connecticut, US on Dec 14, 2012. World leaders expressed shock and horror after a gunman massacred 20 small children and six teachers on Friday in the US state of Connecticut, in one of the worst school shootings in history. -- PHOTO: AFP

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

UN chief Ban Ki Moon wrote to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to give his "deepest condolences at the shocking murders," a statement said.

"The targeting of children is heinous and unthinkable," he added in condemning the "horrendous" crime.

European Union diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton expressed "shock" at the "tragic shooting."

 
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