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Obama urges for action after school shooting

  • U.S. President Barack Obama called for "meaningful action" following Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut school that left 27 dead, including 20 children.

    Obama described "overwhelming grief" over the deaths at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    The suspected gunman has been identified as Adam Lanza, 20, who is among the dead. He is also believed to have killed his mother earlier.

    The incident is second-worst American school shooting after the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech.

    The children at Sandy Hook Elementary School were aged between five and 10.

    Obama offered condolences to the families of the victims and survivors.

    "Our hearts are broken today, for the parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children, and for the families of the adults who were lost," he said.

    Friday's shooting is the third major gun attack in the U.S. this year.

    In July, an attacker killed 12 people at a premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado while in August six people were killed at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.