India's foreign minister says he has received U.S. assurances of the Indian community's safety, following the killing of six worshippers at a Sikh temple in U.S. state of Wisconsin.
S.M. Krishna told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday that he urged the full protection of all places of worship in the United States during a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late Monday.
The foreign minister said Clinton, who is on a visit to South Africa, assured him that the Indian community's interests "is going to be quite safe under the present administration." Krishna said the secretary of state was "as disturbed as any one of us is in India."
Authorities say a gunman Sunday killed five men and one woman at the temple near Wisconsin's capital, Milwaukee, before he was shot dead by police.
Officials have identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page. They say he served in the U.S. Army for about six years in the 1990s before being discharged for misconduct.