49 dead, 20 seriously hurt in NZ Friday prayers shootings

By Eudore R. Chand

One of the New Zealand mosque just before the shooting started - video grab

UAE condemns mass shooting at two mosques

ABU DHABI 15 March 2019: The UAE has condemned the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques, in New Zealand, which left 49 people dead and 20 others injured.

Videos of the shooting and its aftermath have gone viral on social media (our featured image is a video grab of one of the mosques just as the shooting started). Emirates News 24|7 has decided not to publish the videos.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has affirmed full solidarity with New Zealand in its confrontation with terrorism and extremism and its support for all measures taken by the government of New Zealand to safeguard its security and ensure the safety of its nationals and residents.

The ministry has reaffirmed the UAE’s categorical rejection of all forms of terrorism, expressing condolences to the government of New Zealand and to the families of the victims as well as wishes for speedy recovery to the injured, said Wam.

Emirati students safe following mosque shooting

WILLINGTON: The UAE Embassy in New Zealand has affirmed the safety of all Emirati students in New Zealand following the shooting during the Friday prayer today at two Christchurch mosques.

UAE Ambassador to New Zealand, Ahmed Salim Al Suwaidi said the UAE diplomatic mission has communicated with the Emirati students learning in the country to make sure of their safety and urge them to exercise maximum caution during such exceptional circumstances in implementation of the New Zealand police’s instructions under all circumstances.

The ambassador said the embassy has allocated the following phone number: 006448302949, for emergency calls in addition to the following local emergency contact: 111.

He condemned the shooting and reaffirmed UAE’s categorical rejection of all forms of terrorism.

Mohammed bin Rashid condemns mosque attacks

DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, condemned the mass shooting during the Friday prayer today at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.

“On a peaceful Friday, and in a mosque, a typical peaceful place of worship, we saw the most heinous of religious hate crimes where 49 worshippers were killed. Our condolences to New Zealand, and to the families of the victims, and to all Muslims in my name and on behalf of my country that is dedicating a full year for promoting tolerance in the world. We express our deepest sorrow and call upon the entire world to thoughtfully consider inculcating interfaith tolerance,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said in his official Twitter account.

World leaders condemn New Zealand mosque attacks

New Zealand’s bishops have expressed their solidarity with the country’s Muslim community after mass shootings at two mosques killed nearly 50 people on Friday morning.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence” and called it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

Police have arrested four people in relation to the terrorist attack and defused several devices.

In the meantime, the world angrily reacted to New Zealand mosque mass shooting. Leaders from around the world responded to the deadly attacks which happened during Friday prayers.

Political leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly attacks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she mourned “with New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques. We stand together against such acts of terrorism.”

French President Emmanuel Macron echoed Merkel’s message, condemning an “odious attack” and saying France “stands against any form of extremism”.

World Council of Muslim Communities condemns mosque attacks

The World Council of Muslim Communities has condemned the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques, in New Zealand.

The Council extended sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the government and people of New Zealand, praying to Allah Almighty to rest the victims’ souls in heaven and provide their families with patience to endure their loss.

In a statement today, the Council said that attacking innocents in places of worship by terrorists confirms in no uncertain way the gravity of the fanatic ideology of such extremists whose hatred of others flies in the face of all human values.

The Council called for safeguarding all communities against the perils posed by fanatic ideologies, urging the international community and all influential circles around the world to take all needed measures to reign in extremism and hate rhetoric wherever they exist.

The Council called for criminalising any acts that stoke religious hatred by activating UN Resolution No 65/224 on Combating Defamation of Religions.

The World Council of Muslim Communities is an Abu Dhabi-based international organisation that addresses challenges faced by Muslim communities across the world and fulfills their ambitions.

Global Council for Tolerance and Peace condemns mosque attacks

Ahmed bin Mohammed Jarwan, President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, has condemned the Friday’s mosque attacks in New Zealand, which left 49 people dead and over 20 injured, as yet.

“This act of terror represents the most heinous form of terrorism, which the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace is seeking to fighting. We seek to promote the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in order to avoid such bloody acts of terror,” he said.

Since its establishment, the Council has been working to sow the seeds of peace and tolerance, calling for countering and isolating terrorists and putting them on trial, Al Jarwan noted.

He called for building constructive partnerships involving all world countries to promote values of tolerance and peace.

Dubai Gazette