Calderdale in shock after people killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 16, 2019

"Given the fact that this happened at a mosque and there is such freedom in New Zealand - I think that's what's really hurt the psyche - the heartbeat of the country".

The suspected gunman who killed dozens of people in New Zealand is an Australian "racist eco-fascist" who posted a 74-page manifesto online before the shootings and described Donald Trump as a "symbol of white supremacy". 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured.

British boyband Blue wrote: "Last month we had the honour of playing our first show in New Zealand in over 15 years and can attest to the warm generous nature of New Zealanders".

New Zealand police have arrested three people in connection with the attacks including one man who has been charged with murder.

A number of improvised explosive devices found on a vehicle after the shootings were defused by police.

"We will not let the blood of Muslims go in vain", said one protester.

"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".

"For now my thoughts and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected, their families", she said.

"I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured".

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

Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said after the gunman drove away, he went into the mosque to try and help.

In France, home to western Europe's largest Muslim community, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner ordered regional authorities to bolster security at mosques as a precaution.

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There was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque that Ms Ardern said killed ten people.

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". "London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy".

The shooting was carried out during the Jummah Prayer which is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday.

"I have conveyed deepest sympathies on behalf of the Irish people to Prime Minister Ardern and to Governor-General Reddy".

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We are working to have any footage removed", the police tweeted.

The attack has been condemned across Peterborough. "This has been done deliberately to also demonise legitimate Muslim political struggles".

Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, which is considered a terrorist organization by Western countries, condemned the "policy of hatred that the United States is feeding around the world instead of prevailing religious values that call for forgiveness".

Traini's lawyer Gianluca Giulianelli said on the radio that his client had repented and "firmly dissociates himself" from the New Zealand killer. "It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion".

None of those in custody had been on any watch list.

A telegram of condolences sent by the Vatican on behalf of Pope Francis said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life" caused by the "senseless acts of violence" in Christchurch.

Mr Varadkar was asked about the visits to mosques by Gardaí in a bid to reassure the Muslim community in the wake of the atrocities in New Zealand.

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