Muslim world mourns New Zealand mosques attack

Published: March 15, 2019
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The timing of the shootings in Christchurch during Friday prayers adds to the distress of many. PHOTO: REUTERS

The timing of the shootings in Christchurch during Friday prayers adds to the distress of many. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA: Political and Muslim leaders across Asia expressed their disgust at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday as some revealed their citizens had been caught up in the bloodshed.

The timing of the shootings in the city of Christchurch, during Friday prayers, and the posting on social media of what appeared to be live, point-of-view video footage of the assault by a gunman added to the distress of many.

Pakistan condemns mosque attack in New Zealand

“Indonesia strongly condemns this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement.

She was earlier cited by media as saying six Indonesians had been inside the mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three unaccounted for.

Indonesia’s ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, said inquiries were being made as to whether Indonesians were caught up in the attack. There are 331 Indonesians in Christchurch, including 134 students, the foreign ministry said.

In 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 uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians,” he said in a statement.

In pictures: New Zealand mosque attack

“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the people of New Zealand.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman condemned what he called a “racist and fascist” attack.

‘Anti-Muslim virus’

The founder of India’s All India Muslim Personal Board, a non-government body of scholars, Kamal Faruqui, said the attack was “highly condemnable”.

“An anti-Muslim virus is spreading across the world,” he said. “People of all religions should be very worried.”

Afghanistan’s ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded.

Ordinary people expressed their horror online about a widely disseminated video of a man apparently indiscriminately shooting people inside a mosque with an assault rifle.

The video has yet to be confirmed by authorities as being posted by a shooter involved in the attack.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said many of those caught up in the shootings may have been migrants and refugees.

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  • Basir
    Mar 15, 2019 - 3:47PM

    It is not just the Muslim world but all those who love and respect humanity mourn this act of terrorism. I am a Pakistan Christian and share the grief with every peace loving Human.Recommend

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