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Obama addresses thousands of mourners, remembers slain Dallas officers

The officers were shot by a sniper during a peaceful march against the killing of blacks by white officers.

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. President Barack Obama attended a somber memorial Tuesday to five police officers slain in a sniper ambush in Dallas, as he seeks to unify a country divided by race and politics. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG -United States (US) President Barack Obama is addressing thousands of mourners and dignitaries at a memorial service for the five police officers killed in Dallas last week.

The officers were shot by a sniper on Thursday night, during a peaceful march against the killing of blacks by white officers in the US.

The shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, was later killed by police, using a so-called 'robot bomb'.

In the wake of last week's events, US authorities are still being criticised for seemingly placing the lives of white citizens above those of black Americans.

Obama began his tribute tonight, by sharing the personal stories of each officer, and has emphasised their commitment to the work.

"We are here to honour the memory and mourn the loss of five fellow American, to be with their loved ones [and] to support this community."

The US president has also touched on the racial divisions plaguing the country.

"In this country we don't have soldiers in the streets, or militias setting the rules, instead we have public servants. Police officers, like the men who were taken away from us."

Obama has urged both law enforcement and protestors to speak honestly about the context behind the divisions.

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