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Seven dead in US shooting

At least seven people, including a gunman, have been killed in a shooting incident at a Sikh temple in the US state of Wisconsin, according to police.

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Sikhism in the United States

  • The Sikh faith is the fifth-largest in the world, with more than 30 million followers. It includes belief in one God and that the goal of life is to lead an exemplary existence.
  • The temple in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee, was founded in October 1997 and has a congregation of 350 to 400 people.
  • There are an estimated 500,000 or more Sikhs in the United States.
  • Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 by Islamist militants, Sikhs have sometimes been confused publicly with Muslims because of their turban headdress and beards.
  • Members of the Milwaukee Sikh community complained to police and a state representative last year about an upturn in robberies and vandalism at Sikh-owned gas stations and stores.

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