Islamic world strongly condemns New Zealand mosque attacks

Islamic world strongly condemns New Zealand mosque attacks

Islamic world strongly condemns New Zealand mosque attacks

One of the gunmen, who carried out shooting at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city killing 49 people on Friday, has been identified as 28-year-old Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed one of the suspects was an Australian national.

The local police department also noted that improvised explosive devices had been found inside a vehicle they stopped after the shooting adding that all mosques in the country have been asked to shut their doors. More than 20 were seriously wounded in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a "terrorist attack".

Four people have been arrested in relation to the attack - three men and one woman - one of whom is Australian born.

"Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online", New Zealand police said in a Twitter post.

"The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens, there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the US".

Among them were six Indonesians - three of whom were reported safe, the country´s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said, adding they were searching for the others.

Reports suggest that many of those affected are part of New Zealand's migrant and refugee communities. "It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP. He said he then went into the mosque to try to help the victims.

It is understood to be a well-planned terrorist attack, with further bombs discovered in cars located in Christchurch central by the police.

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Christchurch, a relatively small city in the south of New Zealand, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly quake.

The Bangladesh cricket team - which had been in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand that was later cancelled - all escaped without injury.

"We are standing together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand".

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". "This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video".

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons.

He stormed the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch and opened fire on hundreds of worshippers who were attending Friday prayers. "It was an unprecedented act of violence", she said.

Police around the Birmingham area have said they will be increasing their presence around "key religious buildings".

Based on the video, the attacker was at the scene of the first mosque for about 10 minutes, and police did not arrive until after that.

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