Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch, New Zealand today. In a letter to PM of New Zealand, PM Modi stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. PM Modi stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.
New Zealand Mosque Shootings: 49 Dead, Several Injured in Christchurch Terror Attack (Video):
Two Indians and four people of Indian origin have been reportedly killed in the New Zealand Mosque mass shooting on Friday, said reports. At least 49 people have been killed in the attack on the mosques on Friday.
New Zealand Mosque Shootings: 49 Dead, Several Injured in Christchurch Terror Attack:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terror attack at tow mosques in Christchurch city of New Zealand and blamed Islamophobia for the mass shootings.
I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles. https://t.co/5bBREoayLz
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 15, 2019
Police arrested four people for allegedly involved in the shooting. A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder. One of the gunmen live-streamed footage of his rampage to Facebook, filmed with a head-mounted camera. The footage showed him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the Al-Noor mosque.
49 Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shooting:
Police have asked all mosques nationally to shut their doors and advised people to refrain from visiting them until further notice.
One of the attackers was an Australian. "We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference.
Indian Support Staff of Bangladesh Cricket Team Shrinivas Chandrasekaran who was on the team bus when the attack took place, said, "We couldn't react initially. In such a horror situation, your brain automatically freezes as you are terrified. That's exactly happened to all of us." Shrinivas, a Mumbai-based software engineer who works as a video analyst with the Bangladesh team. In the wake of the terror attack, the final test-match which to be played between both the teams was called off.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed it a terror attack. Addressing the media, she said, "t is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack." Ardern further added, "From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned."
Around 49 people killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed it a terrorist attack.
Christchurch, March 15: Around 49 people were killed in a shooting at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday. While addressing the media, Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as a terrorist attack. She said, “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," Andren further added, "From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned."
Meanwhile, Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the gunmen who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing "terrorist". Earlier, on Friday Morning, gunmen who are said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques in Christchurch city on Friday in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'. New Zealand Terror Attack: Hours After Christchurch Mosque Shootings, Explosives Detonated at Britomart Station in Auckland.
The shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid, The New Zealand Herald reported. One gunman, believed to be Australian, filmed as he shot victims in the mosque - and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying that "it is a terrorist attack", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. He said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack.