Iranian Foreign Minister Condemns Attack on Synagogue in US City of Pittsburgh

© REUTERS / John AltdorferPolice officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned on Monday the deadly attack on a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh.

"Extremism and terrorism know no race or religion, and must be condemned in all cases. The world deserves better than to have to live with weaponized demagoguery. Thoughts and prayers with victims of the terrorist attack on Pittsburgh synagogue and their loved ones," Zarif wrote on his Twitter page.

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The foreign minister's statement follows the deadly attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a gunman opened fire on Saturday inside a synagogue, killing 11 people and injuring six others, including police officers.

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The suspect, identified as Robert Bowers, was reportedly shouting anti-Semitic slogans. He surrendered to police and was arrested. According to media reports, the man chased people from the main hall into the synagogue's basement, armed with a rifle and three handguns. Bowers has been charged with 29 federal counts, and, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will most likely face a death penalty.

US President Donald Trump condemned the attack, calling it a "wicked act of mass murder," that is "pure evil," and "something that is unimaginable." The president said he will personally travel to Pittsburgh to commemorate the victims.

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