Prayers held across US after the church shooting incident

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President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Charleston church shooting as “senseless murders”.

Prayers have been held across the United States after the killing of nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Six women and three men, including the pastor, died in the senseless attack. The suspect is reported to have been detained.

Services were held in several other cities, including Miami, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Mr Obama called the church a “sacred place” in the history of Charleston and spoke of his confidence that the congregation and the community would “rise again”.

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