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U.N. holds moment of silence for those killed in recent religious attacks

By: Paige Hubbard 

A moment of silence was held on Monday (April 29) inside the United Nations Security Council to honor the people killed in two attacks on houses of worship.

On Sunday, gunmen killed a pastor and five congregants at a Protestant church in northern Burkina Faso.

On Saturday, one woman was killed and three others shot when a gunman stormed in with an assault-style rifle, six months to the day after 11 worshippers were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack on American Jewry. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“Before starting today’s debate, I should like to express on behalf of the members of the council our condemnation of yesterday’s attack on the Protestant church in Silgadji, Burkina Faso as well as the shooting that occurred at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego in the U.S. on Saturday. May I ask that all those present in the chamber now stand and join me in observing a minute of silence in solemn commemoration of those who lost their lives in these attacks at their places of worship,” said Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany and President of the Security Council.

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