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KRG, Iraq condemn deadly attack on New Zealand mosques

KRG, Iraq condemn deadly attack on New Zealand mosques

2019/03/15 | 19:35

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The governments in Erbil and Baghdad on Friday added their voices to the worldwide condemnation of mass shootings earlier that day that resulted in the deaths of at least 49 people attending mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

The attackers targeted two mosques while worshipers were participating in Friday prayers, killing 49 and seriously injured 20 others, in what was reported as a planned and coordinated act of violence.

In one of the mosques, a suspected gunmen is said to have broadcasted himself live online as he butchered defenseless people.

An as-of-yet unspecified number of suspects have been taken into custody. The Facebook account purported to have belonged to one of the attackers contains an 87-page manifesto in which anti-Muslim sentiments are expressed. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardenne described the bloody incident as a terrorist act, stating, ”Many of those who will have been 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, and it is their home.” 

”They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not,” she continued. ”They have no place in New Zealand. There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was.”

”Many of those affected by this shooting, may be migrants to New Zealand, they may be even refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this act of extreme and unprecedented violence has no place in New Zealand.“

The perpetrators of the attack have received widespread global condemnation and many world leaders and individuals have expressed their condolences to the victims' families.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government strongly condemns this brutal terrorist attack… on two mosques in New Zealand,” said spokesperson Safin Dizayee in a statement.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a message posted on its website that the government's leadership “condemns this crime with the strongest condemnation and… stands alongside the New Zealand people.” 

It continued, stating that the incident "proves that all the nations of the world are not immune to terrorism, and the world has to unite its efforts to eradicate it.” 

Editing by John J. Catherine







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