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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 09:06 GMT 10:06 UK
In quotes: Virginia shooting reaction
US President George W Bush
President Bush said the US was "shocked and saddened"
Leading US and world figures have expressed their shock and sadness after shootings at the Virginia Tech university left 33 people, including a suspected gunman, dead.

The incident was the deadliest shooting rampage in US history.

US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH

"Schools should be places of safety and sanctuary and learning. When that sanctuary is violated the impact is felt in every American class and in every American community.

"Today our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech. We hold the victims in our hearts. We lift them up in our prayers. And we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering today."

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI

"Terrible, terrible tragedy."

VIRGINIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL BOB MCDONNELL

"This is a very dark day in Virginia history. This senseless tragedy has just hurt us to our very soul."

VIRGINIA STATE GOVERNOR TIMOTHY KAINE

"My first thought was just how tragic this was for the university. It's a very tight, loving community, and I know that this is a very painful thing.

"It is difficult to comprehend senseless violence on this scale."

SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT ROH MOO-HYUN

"We are in indescribable shock.

"We convey deep condolences to victims, families and the American people."

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

"We have to look at what happened here, but... I do believe in the constitutional right that everyone has, in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to carry a weapon. Obviously we have to keep guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens."

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR

"I would like to express, on behalf of Britain and the British people, our profound sadness at what has happened and to send the American people, and most especially of course the families of the victims, our sympathy and our prayers."

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

"The horror this unprecedented carnage inflicts on our entire nation is unfathomable."

FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC

"The president of the republic learned with horror and consternation of the shooting."


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