World in shock after New Zealand mosque massacre

World in shock after New Zealand mosque massacre

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World leaders react with horror to the deadly attacks at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers

At least 49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured, according to New Zealand police.

A number of world leaders, diplomats and chiefs of global organization expressed their grief and shock on Twitter and extended prayers for the victims of attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

There was anger all over the world where extra security measures were taken during the Friday prayers.

United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her “deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch” and said: “My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence.”

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. “When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonised because of their faith, when we play on people’s fears rather than addressing them, the consequences are deadly, as we have seen so sadly today” he said.

United States

US president Donal Trump expressed his “warmest sympathy” to the people of New Zealand in a tweet:


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed the New Zealand attacks on rising Islamophobia after 2001’s September 11 attacks.


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


In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said one Malaysian had been wounded in the attack he described as a “black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace”.

“I am deeply saddened by this uncivilised act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians,” he said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the people of New Zealand.”


Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, strongly condemned the shooting as authorities were checking on whether any of its citizens were victims.
“The government and the people of Indonesia convey deep condolences to the victims and their families,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement.


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “Australians stand with all New Zealanders today during this dark time where hate and violence have stolen their peace and innocence. Kia kaha (stay strong)”, he declared on Twitter.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed sorrow over the “citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred” in attacks on the mosques. “We stand together against such acts of terrorism,” Merkel said through her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, on Twitter, adding that the victims had been doing nothing more than “peacefully praying in their mosque”.


Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011 in her country when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people: “It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places.”

European Leaders

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker denounced the “senseless act of brutality” in a statement: “I offer my sincerest condolences to the loved ones of the victims and the community as a whole. We wish strength and courage to the injured and their families.” President of the European Council Donald Tusk commented on the attacks on social media:

French president Emmanuel Macron condemned the “odious crimes against the mosques in New Zealand”. France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said he had ordered regional prefects to send police patrols and reinforce surveillance on places of worship “as a precaution”.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom tweeted that she was “shocked by the attack in Christchurch,” saying “we condemn terrorism in all forms.”

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen also said “extremism has again shown its ugly face.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his thoughts were with the victims, families and government of New Zealand after an attack by “fanatics and extremists who want to destroy our societies.”

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