B.A.W.N-(New Zealand) Muslim community groups worldwide are reacting to the tragedy in Christchurch, sending condolences to those affected when a racist terrorist murdered 49 people in a killing spree. For the record Christchurch, is an area known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
The suspects include a man in his late 20s who has now been arrested and charged with murder. He will appear in court on Saturday morning. Two other armed suspects are being held in custody. Police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.
The Australian-born suspect who shot dead dozens of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, has published a manifesto citing US President Donald Trump and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011.
“TRUMP IS A SYMBOL OF RENEWED WHITE IDENTITY AND COMMON PURPOSE’: NEW ZEALAND GUNMAN’S SICK MANIFESTO REVEALS HE SUPPORTED THE PRESIDENT AND WANTED TO SPARK ‘A CIVIL WAR IN THE U.S.’ BY MASSACRING DOZENS.”
The 74-page dossier by Brenton Tarrant, which has been described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a “work of hate”, praised U.S. President Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”.
“This is indeed a very sad day for all,” said I.H. Kauser, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, in a statement. “It is crucial that at this time we all remain united against hatred, division and bigotry.”
This is the most deadly Islamophobic terrorist attack we have experienced in recent times,” said Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. “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.”
American group Muslim Advocates said: “We are devastated. Today is a tragedy not just for Muslims, but for all people of faith and goodwill.” The group urged Muslims in the United States to stay “vigilant and strong” as they attend mosques on Friday.
“This heinous attack is not an anomaly or a surprise … the American Muslim community has faced deadly attacks in recent years, but rarely have we witnessed such brutal carnage as today’s tragedy in New Zealand,” its statement added.
New Zealand is considered by all standards a safe place to live and “This heinous attacks come as a surprise to many around the world who are watching the developments. (glg)