VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) – Pope Francis condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Norway and Afghanistan on Sunday, apparently referring to David Amess’s stabbing death.
He said, “Last Week, several attacks were conducted, for example Norway, Afghanistan and England which caused many deaths and injuries,” during his weekly blessing at St. Peter’s Square.
“I am very close to the family of victims. I ask that you please abandon violence. It is always loss and defeat for all. He said, “Violence breeds violence.”
On Friday, at least 41 were killed in the suicide attack that took place at Kandahar’s mosque. 70 more were injured. Islamic State, an extremist Sunni group, claimed responsibility.
Five people were killed by a Norwegian man who used a bow-andarrow and other weaponry to attack them in a half hour.
David Amess (69), of Britain’s Conservative Party was repeatedly knifed in an attack on Leigh-on-Sea east of London during a meeting of constituents at a church. Under terrorism laws, a 25-year old British man was taken into custody on suspicion of murder.
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