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Taiwan expresses sorrow over Connecticut shooting

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou sent a letter of condolence to U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday, expressing shock and grief over a deadly school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead.

In the letter, Ma extended condolences to the families of the victims and said Taiwan stands with the American people in this time of sorrow, according to Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi.

Ma also pledged Taiwan's support for President Obama to take swift and meaningful action to prevent the recurrence of similar tragedies, Fan Chiang said in a statement.

Soon after the incident was reported, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in the U.S. state of Connecticut was attacked on Friday by a gunman, who gunned down 26 people, 20 of whom were children ages 6 to 7, reports said.

The shooter, identified by U.S. law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother then drove to the school where he went on a rampage before taking his own life in one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S., the reports said.

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