US mourns Arizona shooting victims

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LONDON. January 10. KAZINFORM The US is mourning the deaths of six people in a shooting in Arizona on Saturday which left a congresswoman seriously wounded.

Flags across the country will fly at half mast, and President Barack Obama will lead a minute's silence.

The man charged with the attack, Jared Loughner, is to appear in court later. He could face the death penalty.

The congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head and is critical but responding to simple commands.

She had been holding an open-invitation meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson when a man holding a gun approached and opened fire.

Ms Giffords, 40, was shot from close range by the gunman, who then began shooting into the crowd.

Among the dead were a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge. A total of 14 people were injured, in addition to the six who were killed.

The girl, Christina Taylor Green, was born on 9/11 and featured in a book Fifty Faces of Hope about some of the children born on that day, Kazinform refers to BBC News.

See www.bbc.co.uk

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