US Ambassador attends candlelight memorial vigil on 10th anniversary of Wisconsin gurdwara attack: The Tribune India


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Washington, August 9

A senior US government official attended the candlelight memorial vigil last week to mark the 10th anniversary of the attack on a gurdwara in Wisconsin, the US State Department said on Monday.

On August 5, 2012, a white supremacist opened fire inside the Oak Creek gurdwara in Winconsin, killing six people.

A seventh severely paralyzed person died from their injuries in 2020.

U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain traveled to Oak Creek, Wis., to participate in the 10th anniversary of the incident, the U.S. State Department announced.

“The event brought together federal and state government officials, civil society and religious leaders to honor the victims of the 2012 attack and stand in solidarity with the Sikh community,” he said.

While visiting Wisconsin on August 5-6, Hussain met with community leaders and local government officials to discuss our ongoing efforts to work together to combat hate and protect religious freedom and places of worship everywhere, added the State Department.

US President Joe Biden has called for reducing gun violence and banning assault weapons in the United States to defeat “domestic terrorism” and hatred in all its forms, including the “poison of white supremacy”, as he condemned the attack on the Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin on the 10th anniversary of the heinous act.