Thursday, April 19, 2007

Al Jazeera reports on Virginia Tech shootings

The following are reports from Al Jazeera on the statements and video the Virginia Tech madman sent to NBC and reaction in S. Korea on the shooting.

From Al Jazeera --

Cho sent pictures and videos of himself as well as a profanity-laced letter to the NBC news network

The student who killed 32 people in the United States' worst shooting rampage paused between shootings to mail video clips, photographs of himself brandishing weapons and profanity-laced writings to news network NBC, police say.

Cho Seung-hui, the student, said: "You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option."

NBC said the material included videos and a rambling manifesto-type statement which appeared to have been sent during the two-hour interval between the first and second shooting incidents at Virginia Tech university on Monday.

Cho said in a video that "this didn't have to happen".

"Now you have blood on your hands that you will never wash off," the 23-year-old said, without making clear whom he was speaking to. Whole Story.....


S Korea in shock over US shootings

South Koreans have been reacting with shock and mourning after it emerged that the gunman responsible for the Virginia Tech shootings in the US was a South Korean national.

Candlelit vigils have been held and the South Korean president has made several official statements of condolence over the shootings.

Meanwhile editorials in South Korean newspapers have expressed grief over the shootings and hope that it would not spark a backlash in the US against South Koreans or other Asians.

South Korea has more students studying in the US than any other country.....

"I and our people cannot contain our feelings of huge shock and grief" - Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean President

On Wednesday a march and vigil was held outside the US embassy in Seoul as mourners prayed for the victims.

"I want to express my condolences to the families of the deceased," said Cho Young-chang, Head of the Committee of Korean Pastors of Southern California.

"I'm participating today to apologise, as a true Korean." More.....

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