British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday expressed condolences over the loss of lives in the “horrifying terrorist attack” at two mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead.
“On behalf of the U.K., my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch,” May wrote on Twitter.
“My thoughts are with all those affected by this sickening act of violence,” she said.
Earlier, at least 49 people were confirmed killed when gunmen targeted two mosques in Christchurch, according to New Zealand police commissioner. Four people, including a woman, were arrested following the shooting.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote on Twitter: “Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this terrible act in Christchurch.
"NZ is one of the most peaceful, peace-loving and generous nations in the world," Hunt said.
“Your friends in the UK stand with you today in deepest sympathy.”
Cricketers join global outcry over New Zealand terror attacks
Cricket players across the globe on Friday slammed the terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand which claimed nearly 50 lives.Gunmen attacked Muslims who were attending Friday prayers in Christchurch city of the country, killing at least 49 and wounding many others. Four people, including a woman, have been arrested following the shooting.New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed the mass shooting as a “terrorist incident”.“There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was," Ardern told media. "It is clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days."Video: New Zealand gunman live-streamed mosque attack on FacebookThe terror attacks invited global outcry and solidarity with the victims. Cricket players around the world also expressed solidarity and prayed for the victims.Coincidentally, Bangladesh’s international cricket team was present in the same city for a test match with New Zealand scheduled to begin from Saturday.Reports said that the visiting Bangladesh cricket team had a close shave from the terror attacks as the players were about to enter the mosque for the Friday prayer.Bangladeshi batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote about the horrific incident on social media.“Entire team got saved from active shooters. Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers,” the opening Bangladeshi batsman wrote on Twitter.Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) 15 Mart 2019 Bangladesh cricket team performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran said: “Just escaped active shooters. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere.”“Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque. We (were) extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us,” said Bangla player Mushfiqur Rahim.Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) 15 Mart 2019 Scheduled match cancelledSoon after the attack, New Zealand cricket body announced that the scheduled cricket match was cancelled.The venue for the match was the Hagley Oval cricket ground, not far from the site of the attack.Inviting condemnation from all quarters, New Zealand Cricket spokesperson wrote on its Twitter handle, Black Caps: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch.”Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 15 Mart 2019 New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham said that he would never have thought that such an incident could come to pass in idyllic New Zealand.Another New Zealand cricketer Mitchell John McClenaghan wrote on Twitter: “Devastating news.... this is just not Kiwi… Love to all in NZ and around the world stop this Idiotic Bullshit.”Thoughts and Prayers to the family’s affected in the mosque shooting in Christchurch. Devestating news.... this is just not Kiwi 😢 Love to all in NZ and around the world stop this Idiotic Bullshit. 💔— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) 15 Mart 2019 Legendry Indian cricketer VVS Laxman expressed shock over the terror incident. “Very shocked to hear about the shooting at Christchurch in New Zealand. Thoughts with the affected families,” he said on the Twitter.Very shocked to hear about the shooting at Christchurch in New Zealand. Thoughts with the affected families.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) 15 Mart 2019 Harsha Bhogle, a cricketer commentator, said on Twitter: “When you have to avoid live shooting and gunshots in New Zealand, you know the world is in a bad place. Relieved to hear the Bangladesh cricket team is safe.”When you have to avoid live shooting and gunshots in New Zealand, you know the world is in a bad place. Relieved to hear the Bangladesh cricket team is safe.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 15 Mart 2019 Kumar Sangakara, former Sri Lankan cricket team captain, said he was shocked to learn about the shootings in the mosque.“Shocked to hear about the shootings in Christchurch. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. Thoughts prayers and love with all the people affected by this tragic incident. Wishing the injured a full and speedy recovery,” he said on Twitter.Shocked to hear about the shootings in Christchurch. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. Thoughts prayers and love with all the people affected by this tragic incident. Wishing the injured a full and speedy recovery.— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) 15 Mart 2019
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn expressed solidarity with Muslim community in Christchurch and around the world after the terror attack.
“My heart goes out to the victims of the horrific terror attack in New Zealand,” he said on Twitter.
“We must defeat the bigotry which fuels such hatred and violence.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the incident as “heartbreaking” and said, "innocent people have been murdered because of their faith."
“London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terror attack,” Khan said.
Muslims condemn New Zealand mosque attacks, Islamophobia
Politicians and Muslim clerics around the world expressed their disgust at the deadly terror attack at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, with some citing rising "Islamophobia" as responsible.As governments in Asia and the Middle East scrambled to find out how many of their citizens had been caught up in the bloodshed in the city of Christchurch, there was also anger that the attackers targeted worshippers at Friday prayers."I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 (where) 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror," Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the attack was a deliberate demonizing of Muslim political struggles."Not only the perpetrators, but also politicians & media that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West, are equally responsible for this heinous attack," he wrote on Twitter.In a statement, Al-Azhar University, Egypt's 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic learning, said the attacks had "violated the sanctity of the houses of God"."We warn the attack is a dangerous indicator of the dire consequences of escalating hate speech, xenophobia, and the spread of Islamophobia."More had to be done to promote the co-existence of different religions and cultures, the university said.It was a sentiment echoed by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash."Our collective work against violence and hate must continue with renewed vigour," he said.Video: New Zealand gunman live-streamed mosque attack on FacebookSEARCH FOR VICTIMSNew Zealand police said 49 people were killed. Three men and one woman were in custody and one man had been charged with murder.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said some of the victims may have been new immigrants and refugees."They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand," she said.A city of about 400,000 people, Christchurch has a significant Islamic community, including overseas students.Indonesia's ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, told Reuters six Indonesians had been inside one of the mosques when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three unaccounted for.There are 331 Indonesians in Christchurch, including 134 students, the foreign ministry said."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.Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded.Two Malaysians were also wounded in the attack, its foreign ministry said.Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam said it was "extremely lucky" the country's cricket team did not suffer casualties. The team, in the city to play a match against the New Zealand national team, arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting occurred."I can't even imagine what would have happened if they were there five minutes earlier," he said on social media.Video: NZ police detain four suspects after mosque shootings'TERRORIST' ATTACKOrdinary people expressed their horror about a live, point-of-view video posted online that appeared to be one of the shooters killing any person he came across in a mosque with an automatic assault rifle.The video has yet to be confirmed by authorities as being posted by a shooter involved in the attack."Feeling very sick, that person is brainless and a savage," said one Indonesian twitter user who identified himself as Farhan Adhitama.Others complained that authorities and the media were slow to label the perpetrators as "terrorists"."This is a terrorist act. Come on now,” Aszafirah Zafyrah posted on Facebook in Singapore."Why is it not called terrorism when Muslims are killed," said Mohammad Hanif, a government employee in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. "You should be fair enough to call it so."By Friday afternoon, Ardern said the incident was a "terrorist" attack.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Australian national arrested after the attack was an "extremist, right wing violent terrorist".
The London mayor also said that police in the U.K. capital will be on high alert today.
“I want to reassure the Muslim communities in London. I have been in touch with the Met police. There will be highly visible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers as Londoners go to pray,” he added.
“This is the most deadly Islamophobic terrorist attack we have witnessed in recent times," Harun Khan, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said.
He added: "It would seem that Brenton Tarrant’s murderous intention was to target Muslims at their places of worship and on their sacred day. Reports suggested the attacker is on record spouting hate against Muslims and other minority communities."
Offering condolences to the families affected, Khan said "as the rest of us prepare to undertake our own Friday prayers today, we do so with the anxiety as to whether our mosques and communities are safe in the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims."
"I call on our government to redouble its efforts to ensure mosques are protected, and call on fellow Muslims to resist the temptation to roll up the banners in fear, as this attack was designed to do,” he added.
“We have said time and time again that far right extremism is a growing problem and we have been citing this for over 6 years now,” Tell MAMA, an NGO measuring racist hate crime in the U.K., said in a statement.
Rugby star fights back tears over N. Zealand terror attacks
A visibly shocked Sonny Bill Williams sent his prayers to the victims of the twin armed attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, fighting back tears in a video on Friday."Just heard the news. I could not put it into words how I am feeling right now. l am just sending my duas (prayers) to their families... InshAllah (God willing) everyone who has been killed today... InshAllah, you guys are all in paradise," said Williams, who is also a Muslim."I am just deeply, deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand," he said.At least 49 people were confirmed killed in twin terror attacks targeting mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to media reports.New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters that her country is treating the shootings as a "terrorist incident".“There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was," Ardern said. "It is clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days."Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters that one suspect of the deadly twin shootings is an Australian citizen.New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that three men and a woman were arrested following the shooting.Video: Sonny Bill Williams Reacts to the Shooting in Christchurch New Zealand
“The rhetoric is wrapped within and anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment,” it said.
“Anti-Muslim hatred is fast becoming a global issue and a binding factor for extremist far right groups and individuals. It is a threat that needs to be taken seriously,” it added.
The U.K.’s Board of Deputies of British Jews said they “are horrified by this sickening terrorist attack against Muslims at mosques in New Zealand.”
“To the victims, the survivors, and their families, together with Muslims around the world who have been targets of rising hatred, whipped up by media hostility, we express our absolute and resolute solidarity, the Jewish board said in a statement.
Top Turkish diplomat slams terror attack in New Zealand
Turkey's foreign minister on Friday condemned terrorist attacks targeting two mosques in New Zealand."I condemn the barbaric terrorist attacks perpetrated against two mosques in #Christchurch in #NewZealand," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.Cavusoglu wished God’s mercy to those who lost their lives and speedy recovery to the wounded."Not only the perpetrators, but also politiciansmedia, that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West, are equally responsible for this heinous attack," he added.Turkish Foreign Ministry also condemned the mass shooting targeting New Zealand mosques in a statement."We condemn these heinous attacks. We express our condolences to the relatives of people who lost their lives and the people of the New Zealand," it read.Turkey believes that New Zealand will carry out effective investigation into attacks, understood to be motived by Islamophobia, and bring perpetrators to justice as soon as possible, the statement added.At least 49 people were reportedly killed in twin attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, according to New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.Police earlier reported that at least four people were taken into custody after the armed attacks.