UN chief expresses condolences following mass shooting at Oregon college

2 October 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sadness in the wake of the mass shooting that took place yesterday at a college in the state of Oregon in the United States.

“He conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the many victims and wishes a swift recovery to those wounded,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

According to media reports, 10 people were killed and seven wounded in the attack, in which a 26-year-old man opened fire at Umpqua Community College, located in Roseburg. The gunmen also died.

“In the face of yet another tragedy of this kind, the Secretary-General expresses his strong hope that the United States, through the robust democratic process that characterizes it, will be able to take the necessary action to reduce the appalling toll in human life that gun violence is taking on American society,” the statement continued.

“He notes that President Barack Obama has consistently demonstrated his commitment to address this scourge.”


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