Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49; PM Modi, US President Trump condemn attack

Christchurch:

Mass Shootings at two mosques in New Zealand killed 49 people on Friday. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence” and added that many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. She described it as a “terrorist attack.”

Over twenty people have been injured in the attack. Police has charged one person and detained three others. The police has also defused explosives devices.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the four people detained was an Australian-born citizen.
Ardern at a news conference alluded to anti-immigrant sentiment as the possible motive. Last year, the prime minister announced the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 starting in 2020.

US President Donald Trump on Friday called the terror attacks on two mosque a “horrible massacre” and offered US assistance to its ally.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed “deep shock and sadness” over the death of scores of people in the heinous terrorist attack in New Zealand while stressing India’s strong condemnation of terrorism and of all those who support such acts of violence.