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The Queen and Prince Charles release statements following New Zealand mosque attacks

16 March 2019

She said New Zealand represents kindness, compassion and a home for those who share New Zealand's values.

It is believed 49 people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four people have been arrested - three men and one woman - according to reports, and police have recovered firearms from both the Linwood Avenue and Al Noor Mosque shooting scenes.

"We have one person in custody but we are unsure if there are other people".

The secretary-general of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Youssef al-Othaimeen, said in a statement that the attack "served as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia". "There will be highly visible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray".

Celebrities have since flocked to social media to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

After the attacks, the New Zealand government adjusted the national safety level from low to high, the first time that the country's threat level has been raised to this level.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that he learned of the attack "with horror and profound sadness".

"Who is he to decide who lives and dies?"

A police presence has been placed at mosques around the country and ramped up throughout Christchurch.

Dr Hartley said that New Zealand "gives room for diversity, and prides itself on that: it prides itself on being a place where people can be welcomed". "London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy".

Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain said British Muslims preparing for Friday prayers "do so with the anxiety as to whether our mosques and communities are safe in the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims". He said he wants the city's Muslims to know that New Yorkers "truly embrace" them and "have their backs".

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Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, also expressed his condolences and said he was alarmed by the further rise of Islamophobia. "We are working to have any footage removed".

The mother of a Swedish girl killed in a 2017 jihadist attack condemned the New Zealand massacre, after the attacker claimed in his manifesto that he wanted to avenge the girl's death. Indonesian Muslim leaders expressed anger at the shooting rampage while urging Muslims to show restraint.

New Zealand Commissioner of Police Mike Bush said the attack was a "very well-planned event".

'This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles'. She also called it a "terrorist attack".

Politicians and world leaders reacted to the deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday. Terrorism has no race or religion.

The country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, immediately held a press conference, where she referred to the incident as "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and an "unprecedented act of violence". His office said on Twitter that Israel mourns the murder of innocent worshippers, condemns the assault and sends its condolences to bereaved families.

British tabloids are sharing videos of a violent terror attack in New Zealand, despite police issuing a plea not to.

"We call on the world to fight hatred".

However, the killers were not on any watch list confirmed by the authorities.

Pope Francis assured "all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity", the Vatican said.

The Queen and Prince Charles release statements following New Zealand mosque attacks