New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described attack on two mosques as a “terror attack.” “We believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence. It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ardern said. The death toll has now increased to 49, and one person has been charged.
“We New Zealanders were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone this racism, or because we are an enclave of extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things,” Ardern said. “Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here,” the PM said in a media briefing.
“I want to send a message to those directly affected… For many this may have not been the place they were born. For many New Zealand was their choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to…it was a place where many came to for their safety. A place where it was safe to practice their culture and religion,” Ardern said.
In New Zealand, multiple people were killed when a gunman opened fire on two crowded mosques during Friday prayers. Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe.
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19 June, 2019