Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques

World shocked amid right-wing terror attacks on mosques

"The British High Commission in Wellington is in contact with the New Zealand authorities and urgently seeking further information".

At least 49 people were killed and 48 others wounded in the attacks on two mosques of New Zealand's Christchurch earlier on Friday.

Here is a summary of global reactions.

Map of mosque shootings in Christchurch New Zealand. "God bless all!" Trump wrote on Twitter. The number of people identifying as Muslims rose by 28 per cent between 2006 and 2013, according to Stats NZ, and just over a quarter of them were born in New Zealand.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the attacks the "latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia".

One of the gunmen - believed to be an Australian extremist - livestreamed the deadly assault, stoking outrage and fear that others may be targeted in copy-cat attacks. "I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures", he said.

Asked if the police were searching for any other suspects, he said: "We never assume that there aren't other people involved, that's why we've got an huge presence out there ... but we don't have named or identified people that we are looking for, but it would be wrong to assume that there is no-one else".

Norwegian Prime Mininster Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011 in her country when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people: "It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places".

"It's obviously very sad. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities - New Zealand is their home - they are us", the prime minister later tweeted.

The attack on two mosques on Friday in Christchurch "goes against everything Ebba stood for", Jeanette Akerlund told Swedish public television SVT.

Clark on Friday described the Christchurch shootings as "a heinous hate crime". "Two are still under investigation", Bush said at a briefing aired by the New Zealand Herald.

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini voiced his "absolute condemnation" of the New Zealand killings, in a statement.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy".

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said: "I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians".

Take That posted: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the terrible events in New Zealand".

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Bangladesh cricket team performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, on the other hand, said: "Just escaped active shooters ". Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "a serious and evolving situation was occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter" .

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City is providing extra security for Muslim community centers and mosques . Immigrants, she said, ashen-faced, "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home".

London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the city's Metropolitan Police force would be visible outside mosques.

One eye witness said that the gunman entered from the main entrance of the building and began shooting.

The police described the move as a precaution as "there is no ongoing or specific threat to any mosque or place of worship" in the state.

He said he was in New Zealand temporarily while he "planned and trained" the attack.

"What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence", she said.

Police said there are several people under arrest in connection with the attacks.

"Japan is determined to resolutely stand up against terrorism".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a terrorist attack, adding that it is one of New Zealand's "darkest days". "As you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource we have available".

"Harrowing news from New Zealand overnight" said EU Council president Donald Tusk.

"We have four people in custody".

"I hope that those involved will be severely punished", he said in a message to Arden.

At least 49 people were gunned down dead in two mosques in New Zealand.

"We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages".

Head of the former National Front party - now National Rally (Rassemblement National), Marine Le Pen also condemned the attacks.

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