I was deeply saddened to hear of the shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday, in which six people were tragically killed at a Sikh Temple. My thoughts go out to the families of those who lost their lives. I wish the injured a swift recovery, including the local police officer who was shot and injured while helping the wounded.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has spoken of his shock and sadness after the gun attack at a Sikh temple in the US state of Wisconsin in which six people were killed.
Mr Singh is himself a member of the Sikh faith.
In a statement he said:
That this senseless act of violence should be targeted at a place of religious worship is particularly painful.
Mr Singh said he hoped authorities would reach out to the victims' families and work to prevent the recurrence of such violent acts.
The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee, the top Sikh religious body, said it will send a committee to meet Mr Singh and India's ambassador to the US to demand Sikhs be protected from future attacks.
President Barack Obama said he was "deeply saddened" and pledged his administration's commitment to fully investigate the shooting.
At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded.
As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.