World leaders react to deadliest US mass shooting

Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and Tayyip Erdogan among those to make statements

At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured when a 64-year-old gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas country music festival. Video: Reuters


Reaction to the massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival poured in from the US and around the world on Monday after at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, in a statement

“On behalf of the people of Ireland, may I express my deepest sympathies to all those bereaved and affected by this brutal tragedy. Our thoughts in Ireland, and of the Irish in the United States, are with the people of Nevada and the United States at this tragic time.”

US president Donald Trump, in a proclamation

“Our Nation is heartbroken. We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort and relief to all those suffering.”

Barack Obama, former US president, on Twitter

“Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.”

Mike Pence, US vice-president, on Twitter

“To victims, families & loved ones affected by this senseless violence in Las Vegas, Karen & I are praying for you & offering our love. The hearts & prayers of the American people are with you. You have our condolences and sympathies. To the courageous first responders, thank you for your acts of bravery.”

Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate, on Twitter

Bill Clinton, former US president, on Twitter

“Thinking of the victims and responders in Las Vegas. This should be unimaginable in America.”

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, in statement

“I was shocked by the news from Las Vegas. Our sympathy and condolences go to the relatives and families of the victims.”

Pope Francis in statement

“Deeply saddened to learn of the shooting in Las Vegas, Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, on Twitter

“Words fail this morning. The friendship & support of Canadians is with the victims in Las Vegas & the people of the US.”

United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq, in statement

“We are shocked and horrified by the violence that took place in Las Vegas. The secretary-general is sending a letter of condolence to the US government today to express our sorrow at the lives that were lost.”

Theresa May, British prime minister, on Twitter

“The UK’s thoughts are with the victims and the emergency services responding to the appalling attack in Las Vegas.”

Boris Johnson, British foreign secretary, in statement

“I am horrified by the awful attack at a music festival in Las Vegas this morning. The United Kingdom stands with the American people against this indiscriminate violence. My thoughts are with all those caught up in it.”

Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, on Twitter

“I condemn in the strongest terms possible today’s terror attack in Las Vegas. I sincerely hope that such attacks won’t happen in the future. On behalf of the Turkish people, I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and all Americans.”