Turkey condemns attack on mosques in New Zealand


Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 15

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey condemns the attack on mosques in New Zealand, Ibrahim Kalin, press secretary of the Turkish President, wrote on Twitter, Trend reports.

He noted that the attack on mosques is a clear sign of hatred towards Islam and Muslims.

“The world must break its silence over Islamophobic hatred,” Kalin wrote.

At least 27 people were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at people inside the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Police detained one of the shooters. At least 30 injured were rushed to city hospitals.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern called the shooting incident in the city of Christchurch one of the “darkest days” in the country's history.

The Prime Minister stated that the events in Christchurch were “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”, stressing that there is “no place in New Zealand for extreme violence."

“Many of those directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home. It is their home. They are us,” Ardern said.

In light of the events, the New Zealand authorities called on the Muslim communities of the country to be more vigilant.

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