Angela Merkel: Pittsburgh synagogue attack 'blind anti-semitic hatred'

Oct 28, 2018, 08:07 IST | AFP

Eleven people were killed and six injured in the shooting, the city's public safety director Wendell Hissrich said, an attack the FBI is investigating as a federal hate crime

Angela Merkel: Pittsburgh synagogue attack 'blind anti-semitic hatred'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Pic/AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the deadly shooting rampage at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on Saturday as "blind anti-Semitic hatred".

"We all have to stand up against anti-Semitism, everywhere," she said, in a brief statement posted on Twitter by a German government spokesman. Eleven people were killed and six injured in the shooting, the city's public safety director Wendell Hissrich said, an attack the FBI is investigating as a federal hate crime.

Merkel, who faces a resurgence of anti-semitism in her own country, said her thoughts were with the victims' families and expressed the hope that those injured would make a full recovery. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party, which captured nearly 13 per cent of the vote in last year's general election, has broken a taboo by repeatedly challenging Germany's "remembrance culture" and atonement for the Nazi era.

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