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World Leaders Send Sympathy Over U.S. School Shooting

Families grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Condolences are pouring in from world leaders for the relatives of 20 children and six adults killed in a school shooting in the United States.

The EU's Jose Manuel Barroso expressed "sincere condolences." British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "deeply saddened." Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pope Benedict XVI, French President Francois Hollande, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda also sent their sympathy.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called the shooting "tragic."

The December 14 attack at an elementary school in the northeastern state of Connecticut is the latest of several mass shootings in the United States this year and one of the worst such incidents ever.

Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza, who has been named in the media as the suspected killer, reportedly committed suicide after the murder spree.

Before attacking the school, it is thought Lanza shot dead his mother, who was found dead at home.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP