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Merkel speaks of "shock" over Winnenden killings

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Merkel speaks of "shock" over Winnenden killings


Germany’s Chancellor has been speaking of her shock at the gun rampage in Winnenden. She called it an appalling crime, saying it was unimaginable that so many died in so short a time.

Angela Merkel said: “I am horrified, and shocked by what has happened at Albertville school, like everyone in Germany. It’s a day of mourning for the whole of Germany. Our thoughts are with the families and family members. We’re thinking of them and praying for them.” It is the deadliest incident of its type in Germany since April 2002, when a 19-year-old went on the rampage at the Gutenburg Gymnasium at Erfurt in the east of the country. Robert Steinhauser did not want to take a maths test. He killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two pupils and a policeman before turning the gun on himself.

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