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Pittsburgh shooting suspect said he wanted all Jews to die: police

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The man charged with killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue told police officers that he wanted all Jews to die because they were “committing genocide to his people,” according to an arrest affidavit made public on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported that officials said Robert Gregory Bowers, 46, told police of his motive while being treated for injuries after he was subdued after an attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue during Saturday services. Bowers is charged with killing eight men and three women before he surrendered to police.

Saturday’s incident is the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history.{mosads}

The AP reported that Bowers was armed with a rifle and three handguns when he walked into Sabbath services at the synagogue and opened fire. Bowers reportedly shouted anti-Semitic slurs as the attack unfolded.

He appeared to exploit the fact that doors are unlocked for worship, as is the case at most religious centers.

Bowers is charged with 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

President Trump condemned the attack as “an assault on humanity.”

“It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst,” Trump said during a rally Saturday night.

– Updated 7:42 p.m. 

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