Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings rises to 49

Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings rises to 49

The Queen also sent a message to the people of New Zealand on Friday.

Political and religious leaders around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, with some blaming politicians and the media for having stoked hatred of Muslims that led to the attack.

A further 48 people were rushed to Christchurch Hospital with gunshot wounds, 20 in a critical condition.

He wrote that "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured". I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear. It's still being rebuilt in many places of the city. "For people of all religions and of none, a red line has been crossed", Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on his official Twitter feed. "It recalls painful memories of our own experience with July 22, the most hard moment in the post-war period in Norway".

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo condemned the attacks, in which an Indonesian father and son were among those wounded.

As governments in Asia and the Middle East scrambled to find out how many of their citizens had been caught up in the Christchurch bloodshed, there was anger that the attackers targeted worshippers at Friday prayers.

An area of Christchurch near where the shootings happened is named Peterborough, after Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.

"I think New Zealand is a peace-loving nation".

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

Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said his office is "trying to ascertain whether any Pakistanis have been killed in the attack" which he described as "heinous". "Calderdale Council's thoughts with all those affected".

In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was deeply saddened: "I mourn with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques".

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

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch.

"They are us", she said.

The video footage has been posted after New Zealand Police explicitly urged people to not share the "extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online".

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

A spokeswoman for the police said: "Following on from the horrific attacks on mosques in New Zealand we will be conducting reassurance patrols at mosques across the county. Two are still under investigation", Bush said at a briefing aired by the New Zealand Herald.

He said victims were a "large group of invaders" who he says "seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people (sic)". We will continue to work together for good community relations. The right-wing extremist outlined his motives for the attack, saying he wanted to "create an atmosphere of fear" and to "incite violence" against Muslims.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said the US-led alliance "stands with our friend and partner New Zealand in defense of our open societies and shared values".

Ardern went on to say that, "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".

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