You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Ban Ki-moon condemns Texas shooting incident at cartoon exhibit

The Secretary-General in his statement said that such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting outside a venue hosting a controversial cartoon exhibit concerning Prophet Mohammed, saying such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief.

In response to a question, Ban's spokesperson said the Secretary-General condemned the attack in the Dallas suburb of Garland by two gunmen who opened fire and injured a security guard on Sunday.

The Secretary-General in his statement said that such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief.

"Ideas must only be defended through democratic debate and dialogue. There is no justification for violence," he said.

Ban underlined that freedom of expression and tolerance are essential elements of peaceful societies and must be strongly upheld.

Ban, 70, also recalled the importance of promoting intercultural dialogue and respect as crucial means to prevent and address extremism.

Authorities have identified the two gunmen as Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34.

The two opened fire outside a gathering that showcased artwork and cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

The controversial event was wrapping up shortly before 7 p.m when the two gunmen pulled up in a car and shot an unarmed Garland ISD security officer.

Seconds later, Garland police returned fire and killed the two gunmen before anyone else was hurt.

One of the officers, a traffic policeman, returned fire and killed both the gunmen, said Garland police official Joe Harn.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, May 05 2015. 08:22 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.