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US police evacuates church in Newtown after bomb threat
People mourning the victims of the school massacre at the Saint Rose of Lima Church on December 14.
People mourning the victims of the school massacre at the Saint Rose of Lima Church on December 14.
Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:26PM
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US police have evacuated a church in Newtown, where people had gathered to mourn the victims of the latest school massacre, after officials reported a bomb threat.


Police evacuated Saint Rose of Lima Church on Sunday where people had gathered to grieve for the 27 victims of the recent school mass shooting, which took place at a nearby elementary school in the state of Connecticut, due to an undisclosed threat.

Meanwhile, enforcement officers and ambulances arrived at the scene. SWAT team conducted a search at church and a neighboring house after evacuating the building.

The church, which is among several churches in Newtown filled by local residents seeking solance in the aftermath of Friday's shooting spree, is located roughly a mile (1.6 km) from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six educators were killed by a 20-year-old shooter.

The gunman initially killed his mother in their home and the school massacre ended with the assailant shooting himself.

Other deadly incidents involving assault-style weapons are the Colorado massacre in August when 12 were killed and 58 wounded at a movie theatre and another one in 2011, when a gunman used a semi-automatic pistol killing six people and wounded House Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson Arizona.

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