Anti-Semitic Attack: Gunman Kills 11 in Pittsburgh Synagogue

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

A Pennsylvania man Robert Bowers faces hate crime charges in a shooting incident that took place Saturday morning at the Tree of Life synagogue, leaving at least 11 people dead.

Bowers, 46, who surrendered to authorities after the killings had made anti-Semitic statements in his social media posts that targeted Jews.

This is another major violent incident in the U.S. during the past few days, as the investigating agencies are still working to solve the attempted pipe bomb attacks on the critics of President Trump.

“This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate,” Trump tweeted today.

He added that the shooter is in custody, and federal authorities have been dispatched to support the state and local police. “All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” he said.

In a statement issued Saturday, UN secretary-general António Guterres said that the horrific attack, which took place inside the synagogue while it was packed with worshipers, was a “painful reminder of continuing anti-Semitism”.

“Jews across the world continue to be attacked for no other reason than their identity. Anti-Semitism is a menace to democratic values and peace,” Guterres added.

Democratic leader Hillary Clinton said, “My thoughts are with everyone affected by this horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We can and must put a stop to this violence and this hate. It should have no home in America.”

President Obama said, “We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, or pray differently. And we have to stop making it so easy for those who want to harm the innocent to get their hands on a gun.”

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