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    Merkel: Orlando Shooting Will Not Change Germany's Policy of Tolerance

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    German Chancellor Angel Merkel expressed condolences for the families of Orlando massacre victims.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Orlando shooting will not change Germany's policy of openness and tolerance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

    "Our hearts are heavy that hatred and malice of one man took lives of more than 50 people, I think I say this on behalf of all guests from Germany present here. But we firmly believe, even if such serious crimes cause us deep sorrow, in the continuation of our open, tolerant life," Merkel said at German-Chinese intergovernmental consultations in Beijing as posted on her official Twitter account.

    She expressed her condolences for the families of the victims.

    On Sunday, US national Omar Mateen, killed 50 people and injured 53 at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. The Orlando massacre has become the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, surpassing the death toll from the 2007 incident at Virginia Tech, which claimed 32 lives.

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday called the deadly shooting in Orlando an "act of terror, act of hate," though the FBI said it had no immediate proofs of any direct ties between Omar and any foreign extremist groups.

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