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US shootings: State department says it shares sorrow of victims’ families

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made clear to his counterparts the condolences of the US over the recent alleged racial attacks, State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said.

world Updated: Mar 09, 2017 13:45 IST
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Acting State Department spokesperson Mark Toner speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington.
Acting State Department spokesperson Mark Toner speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington.(REUTERS)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made clear to his counterparts the condolences of the US over the recent alleged racial attacks, State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said.

“Secretary Tillerson has made clear to his counterparts our condolences over these killings. They are, it’s important to note, still under investigation by local law enforcement and we’re waiting to see the results of those investigations,” Toner said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Refraining from commenting on the reason behind the recent violent attacks, Toner expressed his sympathy and sorrow for the bereaved families.

“So I don’t really want to speak to what may or may not have been the motivation behind these killings, but certainly, we share in the sorrow of the families and loved ones of these victims,” he said.

An Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was shot in Kansas in an alleged racial attack on February 22, after the gunman was heard shouting “get out of my country”. The gunman, Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old Navy veteran, was arrested later.

Harnish Patel, a 43-year-old Indian-origin store owner in South Carolina also was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster County, while a Sikh man was shot at in his driveway in Kent, Washington district by a masked assailant who shouted at him to “go back to your own country”.