World leaders condemn New Zealand Mosque attack

Last Updated: Mar 15 2019 19:52
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On Friday, at least 49 people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

Indian PM, Narendra Modi in a letter to PM of New Zealand, stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence.

He stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.

United States President Donald Trump condemned the twin mosque attacks in New Zealand that killed at least 49 worshippers and wounded dozens more during Friday prayers as a “horrible massacre”.

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes go out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” Trump wrote on Twitter after the Christchurch attacks.

The United States called the deadly attack at two New Zealand mosques during Friday prayers a “vicious act of hate.”

“The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Pope Francis assured “all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity,” after Friday’s attacks on two mosques which left 49 people dead.

The pope was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence,” Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said in a telegram, according to news agency ANI.

Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand’s head of state, said she was “deeply saddened” by the attacks on two mosques on Friday which left 49 people dead.

“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch... At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders,” she said in a message.

“Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives,” she said, paying tribute to emergency workers and volunteers providing support to the injured.

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