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Secretary Clinton offers condolences to Indian government after Sikh temple shooting

By Kay Steiger
Monday, August 6, 2012 16:21 EDT
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Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna (L) speaks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a press conference in June 2012. Clinton called her Indian counterpart Monday after a man attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin killing six people before being shot dead himself, a US official said
 
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called her Indian counterpart Monday after a man attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin killing six people before being shot dead himself, a US official said.

Clinton, who is on a visit to South Africa, spoke with Indian Foreign Minister S.M Krishna a day after Sunday’s attack.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, the families and Sikh community,” said acting deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell.

“This is a tragic incident, especially since it happened in a place of worship. Religious freedom, and religious tolerance are fundamental pillars of US society.”

US ambassador to India Nancy Powell had also “met with Sikh and political leaders to express our condolences and support for a thorough investigation into this horrific crime.

She also paid respects at New Delhi’s largest Sikh temple, Ventrell said.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
 
 
 
 
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