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Six Asian women among 8 killed in US spa shootings

Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, have been killed in shootings at spas in the US...

👤 H K Badal17 March 2021 1:19 PM GMT
Six Asian women among 8 killed in US spa shootings
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Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, have been killed in shootings at spas in the US state of Georgia.

At least eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at three different spas in the US state of Georgia on Mar 16, with a 21-year-old white man in custody on suspicion of staging all three attacks, police said.

South Korea later confirmed that four of the victims were of Korean descent.

Officials say a 21-year-old man was arrested and is suspected of involvement in all of the attacks.

No motive has yet been established, but there are fears the crimes may have deliberately targeted people of Asian descent.

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans spiked in recent months, fuelled by rhetoric that blames them for the spread of Covid-19.

In an address last week, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated."