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Taiwan offers condolences over Pittsburgh mass shooting

2018/10/28 18:29:56

Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's government has expressed its deep condolences to the victims of a mass shooting at a busy synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Saturday, which resulted in 11 fatalities.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) contacted Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei Office immediately after being informed of the attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue and expressed his deep sympathy and condolences for those killed in the incident on behalf of the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement Sunday.

Wu also condemned the senseless violence against those in Pittsburgh, in what was one of the deadliest attacks against the Jewish community in the United States history.

"In this sad moment, Taiwan stands side by side with the people of the United States and opposes violence and discrimination in any form," Wu said.

A gunman who is believed to have spread anti-Semitic threats online barged into the synagogue on Saturday morning and opened fire, killing 11 people and leaving six others wounded, including four police officers who rushed to the scene, according to foreign wire service reports.

(By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao)
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