Putin offers condolences to Obama on deadly shooting at Connecticut school

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to U.S. President Barack Obama on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the Kremlin press service reported on Saturday.

Putin said Russia was especially saddened to learn that most of the victims were children.

Putin asked Obama to convey words of support and compassion to the families and beloved ones of the dead and expressed his sympathy with the American nation, the press service said.

The latest reports indicate that 27 people were killed in the shooting at the Connecticut school.

Media reported earlier that Adam Lanza, 20, first shot his mother at home. Then, armed with several firearms, he drove to the nearby school and shot and killed 20 children and six adults before turning his gun on himself.

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