49 killed in terror attack at New Zealand mosques

"Terror attack condemned world-wide'

Srinagar: Political leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly terror act at two mosques in Newzealand on Friday.

Forty nine people were killed and at least 20 suffered serious injuries in “terrorist” shootings targeting the mosques during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Police say three men and a woman are in custody in connection with the attacks.

The timing of the shootings 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.

PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti has said that had a New Zealand like massacre taken place in India, leadership would have politicized it, indulged in war mongering and covertly supported attacks on Muslims.

While praising the Prime Minister of New Zealand for calling it a terror attack, Mehbooba said: Admire how New Zealand PM conducted herself & addressed the media post #christchurchnz attacks. Clearly stating that there is no place for such terror attacks & that NZ is a home to all the migrant communities regardless of their religion. Respect for such leadership qualities.

In another tweet, she said, We all have a lesson or two to learn from it. Had the same incident happened here, the leadership would have politicised it, indulged in war mongering and covertly supported attacks on muslims.

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah also pointed out that people are calling it a terror attack, what is actually is, not a firing incident.

In a tweet Omar Abdullah said “Good to see most people are calling the #NewZealandMosqueFiring what it is – a terror attack. #NewZealandTerroristAttack. No words of condemnation are strong enough & no words of sympathy for the families adequate enough. May Allah grant them Jannat.

Hurriyat (M) Chairperson and Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed shock over the barbaric terrorist attack in the two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand.

In a tweet Mirwaiz said that humanity has once again become a casualty.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Shocked and Deeply grieved by the barbaric attack at twin mosques in #Christchurch New Zealand. Multiple fatalities feared. Once again Humanity becomes a casualty . Condemnation beyond words. Prayers for the victims.

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir also strongly condemned the terror attack at two mosques in New Zealand, describing the attack as cowardly, mindless and barbaric.

Expressing deep shock over the loss of lives and G.A. Mir conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

He expressed profound grief over the loss of 40 precious lives in a mindless terror attack, saying that he has no words to express his grief over the loss of lives.

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

“Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families,” he tweeted.

“I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles,” he added.

Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, strongly condemned 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.

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 still unaccounted for.

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.”

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

“This attack shows the point which hostility to Islam and enmity to Muslims has reached,” Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter.

“We have seen many times Islamophobic discourse against Islam and Muslims turning into a perverse and murderous ideology. The world must raise its voice against such discourse and must say stop to Islamophobic fascist terrorism,” he said.

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

“My thoughts are with the family of Afghan origin who’ve been shot and killed at this heinous incident.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country stood with New Zealand after the tragic attack.

“We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison told a press conference.

He confirmed media reports that the gunman who mowed down worshippers in the main mosque in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch was an Australian-born citizen, without providing further details.

“We are not just allies, we are not just partners, we are family,” he said.

“It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us,” Morrison said of the attacks. (PTK)