The last: the Iranian minister says that bigotry has led to the attack


The latest on the global reaction to the deadly shootings in two mosques in New Zealand (all local times):

3:20 pm

The Iranian foreign minister says that bigotry in Western countries has led to attacks on Muslims in New Zealand.

In a tweet on Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said "Impunity in Western democracies to promote bigotry leads to this".

Zarif also said that the prejudice led to "Israeli thugs entering a mosque in Palestine to insult Muslims".

The Iranian Foreign Minister criticized the West for "defending the demonization of Muslims as" freedom of expression "and called for its end.

On Friday, Iran condemned the attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, and asked its government to bring to justice those who carried out the "racist, inhuman and barbaric" attack.


Indonesian President Joko condemned the violence that took place in two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, where at least 49 people died.

"Indonesia strongly condemns this type of violence," Joko Widodo told journalists during a working visit to the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, "I also express deep condolences to the victims of the attacks."

Widodo said he was informed of the attacks by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and his government is still gathering information. He called on Indonesian citizens in New Zealand to increase their vigilance.

At 15:00

The Hungarian president sent a telegram to the governor general of New Zealand expressing the condolences of all Hungarians to the families and friends of the victims "in the" ruthless attack "against the two mosques of Christchurch.

President Janos Ader said he was "deeply shocked" by the news and wished the injured people a speedy and complete recovery.

Ader said that "in these difficult hours, we all express our sympathy for those who mourn their loved ones lost in this useless terrorist attack".

2:55 pm

US President Donald Trump expresses "the warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand after "the horrific massacre in the mosques".

Trump tweeted on Friday while the White House released a statement condemning the attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch that killed at least 49 people.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described the attack as a "vicious act of hatred". He says the United States is in "solidarity" with the people of New Zealand.

New Zealand police said at least 49 people were killed in two mosques on Friday in the picturesque town of South Island. More than 20 were seriously injured. Muslim leaders say the mass shootings were evidence of a growing wave of violent anti-Islamic sentiments.

Trump tweeted that "innocent people have died so senselessly" and added: "The United States is from New Zealand for whatever we can do. God bless everyone!"

2:40 pm

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent a message to her New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, expressing her "profound shock" and condemnation of attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

Hasina told the press that the prime minister had joined Ardern on Friday.

An international cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh was canceled after visiting team players narrowly avoided a mass shooting in one of the mosques.

The president of the Bangladesh cricket council says the team is safe in a closed hotel in Christchurch.

2:40 pm

Pope Francis is denouncing the "senseless acts of violence" in the shootings of the Christchurch mosque and is praying for the Muslim community and all New Zealanders.

In a telegram of condolences, on Friday, Francis offered his solidarity and his prayers to the wounded and those who are in mourning have lost their loved ones, and noted that it was a particularly difficult time for security and emergency personnel .

He said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by senseless acts of violence in two mosques in Christchurch, and assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his sincere solidarity in wake of these attacks. "

The message sent by the Vatican Secretary of State concluded by saying: "Commending those who died for the loving mercy of God the Almighty, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength on the nation".

2:35 pm

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sent his condolences to the victims of attacks on the mosque in New Zealand that left 49 dead.

Conte called the attacks "terrible", noting that the victims were "hit while they were in a place of prayer and all forms of intolerance, hatred and violence are unacceptable".

2:30 in the afternoon.

Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

Iranian state television said on Friday a ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, condemned the shootings as a "terrorist attack".

The Iranian ambassador to New Zealand, Jalaleddin Namini, told Iranian state television that there are no Iranian citizens among those killed or injured. However, Namini said he is still waiting for a confirmed list of victims.

2:25 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a telegram to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, expressing his condolences after the attack on two mosques in Christchurch.

"It is a wicked attack on the faithful and their houses of prayer," Merkel said on Friday. "The attack on Muslim citizens is also an attack on New Zealand democracy and its open and tolerant society, we share these values ​​and therefore also the horror of New Zealanders".

Merkel says she sends her condolences to the relatives of the victims and wants fast injured recoveries.

2:20 pm

Queen Elizabeth II expressed her condolences to the people of New Zealand following attacks on mosques in Christchurch.

The monarch sent a message to the governor general of New Zealand, saying that he was "saddened by the terrifying events of Christchurch today, and Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives".

The monarch paid tribute to the emergency services and volunteers by offering support to the wounded.

He says "at this tragic moment, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders".


The great imam of Egypt Al-Azhar, the revered millennial seat of Sunni learning, condemned the attacks on the mosque in New Zealand, warning of the "grave consequences of hatred".

Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb stated in a note that today's shooting "sounds alarm over the importance of not tolerating racist groups" adding that the attack reflects "the serious consequences of ; hatred, xenophobia and the spread of Islamophobia ".

He called for greater efforts to promote the principles of tolerance between different religions and cultures and expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

2:10 pm

Officials from the West Palestinian Authority and the militant Islamic group Hamas strongly condemned attacks on two mosques in New Zealand.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says he extends his "prayers and tears" to the families of the victims. Erekat denounced "the use of religion for political purposes" on Twitter on Friday, recalling past attacks on places of worship, including the Israeli settler of Israeli settlers from Baruch Goldstein at the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron city in West Bank and the assault on the Pittsburgh synagogue of last year.

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, called the carnage in New Zealand "a heinous crime against the faithful in their mosques".

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the attack confirmed "that terrorism does not know religion … is the result of the incitement of Islam and Muslims".

2:10 pm

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says that "irresponsible" politicians and media organs that encourage "xenophobia, Islamophobic tendencies and hate speech against Muslims" are equally responsible for attacks on two mosques in New Zealand as the "despicable" assailants.

Speaking at a joint press conference with EU officials in Brussels, Cavusoglu also announced Friday that two Turkish citizens, identified as Mustafa Boztas and Zekeriya Tuyan, were injured in the attack but not in potentially lethal conditions .

The Turkish authorities were still trying to get information about a third Turkish citizen, he said.

Cavusoglu said: "The EU and European countries should not consider attacks and speeches of hatred against Muslims and our religion as freedom of expression and democracy and should take precautions."


The world's largest organization representing Muslim nations has condemned the attack on mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 people.

Youssef al-Othaimeen, the secretary general of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation of 57 Countries, said in a statement that the attack "was a further warning about the obvious dangers of hatred, the ; intolerance and Islamophobia ".

Al-Othaimeen called on New Zealand "to provide more protection to Muslim communities living in the country".

He also offered his condolences to those affected by the mass shootings.

The OIC is based in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.


The Norwegian prime minister, who saw 77 people killed in an extreme right-wing attack eight years ago, expressed solidarity with New Zealand after the deadly attacks on two mosques.

Erna Solberg stated at the Norwegian broadcaster NRK that "even though it is all over the world, this is a strong reminder of how important it is for all of us to help bring tensions down, work against extremism and show solidarity between us when something as it happens. "

In July 2011, confessed Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people. As the alleged assailant of New Zealand, he published an online manifesto before the attacks.

"It appears to be a terrorist attack from the extreme right against immigrants and refugees," Solberg said, adding that "it is a reminder of the need to combat extremism in all its forms."


Gulf Arab states condemn an ​​attack on mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 people.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered their condolences on the Friday attack.

Saudi Arabia said one of its citizens was slightly injured in the attack, but survived.

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, tweeted his condolences, stressing that "on a peaceful day like Friday and in a place of worship like the mosque, we witnessed the most atrocious crime of hatred religious".

Friday's noon prayers are an integral part of Islamic life, a day when all practicing Muslims join congregations to hear a sermon.

1 pm

The main spokesman of the Japanese government offered its condolences to the victims of the attacks on the mosque in New Zealand and claims that Japan is the people of that country.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, at a regular press conference on Friday, expressed "heartfelt condolences" to the victims of the shootings and their families, while extending sympathy for the wounded.

Suga expressed "solidarity with the people of New Zealand".

The Japanese Foreign Ministry issued an emergency safety warning for Japanese citizens in the area, urging them to stay at home and follow the instructions of local authorities.

The ministry also advised the Japanese in Christchurch to closely monitor local news "to ensure their safety".

So far, no Japanese has been affected by the attacks


The government of Malaysia has launched the attack on two mosques in New Zealand as an act of terror.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad regretted the incident and urged the New Zealand government to do its best to "arrest these terrorists".

The foreign ministry said two Malaysians were injured and were hospitalized.

"Malaysia condemns in the strongest terms this senseless act of terror on innocent civilians and hopes that those responsible for this barbaric crime will be brought to justice," the ministry said in a statement.


Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom tweeted that she was "shocked by the attack on Christchurch", saying "we condemn terrorism in all its forms".

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen also commented that "extremism has again shown its ugly face".

The Danish Jewish community, which was targeted in an attack in February 2015 in which a guard was killed and killed, also expressed "shock" at the news of the attack in New Zealand.


France is increasing security measures in mosques and other religious sites after a deadly attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted Friday that he ordered regional prefects to send patrols and strengthen surveillance of places of worship "as a precaution".

French President Emmanuel Macron, even in a tweet, denounced the "hateful crimes against mosques in New Zealand" and said that France will work with international partners to fight terrorism.

The rector of the Great Mosque of Paris condemned the attack on Christchurch, which left at least 49 dead.

France is home to the largest Muslim community in Western Europe. While French Muslim and Jewish sites are sporadically targeted by vandals, France has not seen a major attack on mosques of the type that struck New Zealand.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed solidarity with the people of New Zealand following attacks on the faithful who attended prayers in two mosques in Christchurch.

Khan said in a statement on Friday that the news is "heartbreaking".

He says: "London stands with the people of Christchurch in the face of this horrific terrorist attack: London will always celebrate the diversity that some seek to destroy".

Khan tried to reassure Muslim communities in London following the attacks, saying that the metropolitan police would be visible outside the mosques.

London mosques have been targeted in the past. One man died and many others were injured in 2017 when Darren Osborne drove a van into people leaving evening prayers. Prosecutors say Osborne was motivated by a hatred of Muslims and radicalized by extreme right-wing propaganda he found online.


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he is shocked at the "terrible attacks" that killed dozens of faithful who attended Friday prayers in two mosques in New Zealand's capital, Christchurch.

In a tweet sent on Friday, Sanchez sent condolences to the victims, his families and the New Zealand government.

"We emphatically condemn the violence and lack of reasons for fanatics and extremists who want to break our societies," Sanchez wrote.


The German foreign minister said the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch are a "brutal crime" that affects people of all religions around the world.

In two tweets, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that on Friday the sympathies of Germany were with friends and families of the victims of the attack.

He says that "the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch has targeted Muslims who pray peacefully – if people are killed only because of their religion, this is an attack on all of us".

Maas says "we stand by the victims, stay strong in New Zealand!"


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on Western nations to rapidly adopt measures to curb the growing racism against Islam and Muslims, stating that new attacks such as mass shootings in New Zealand would otherwise be "inevitable".

Speaking at the funeral of a former minister on Friday, Erdogan renewed his condemnation of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch.

Erdogan said: "It is clear that the understanding that the murderer – who has also targeted our country, our people and my person – has represented, has quickly begun to take control of Western communities as a cancer". It was an apparent reference to the reports that a suspect had left behind a 74-page manifesto that also threatened the Turks.

Erdogan continued: "I urge Western countries, in particular, to take swift action against this dangerous turn which threatens the entire humanity".


The Pakistani prime minister condemned the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, saying he blames Islamophobia on the rise.

Imran Khan wrote on Twitter on Friday that "terrorism has no religion".

He added: "I blame these growing terrorist attacks at present post-9/11 Islamophobia in which Islam and 1.3 billion Muslims have been collectively blamed for an act of terror by a Mussulman".

Pakistani officials say there are no Pakistani citizens among the dead.

Pakistan has witnessed several attacks on places of worship over the past decade, particularly against the minority Shiite community.

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen also tweeted his condolences.

Tsai said: "I am deeply saddened by the mass shooting in Christchurch, #NewZealand. My thoughts go to the victims and their families".


A senior diplomat in the United Arab Emirates is offering his condolences for an attack on mosques in New Zealand that has killed at least 40 people.

Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, tweeted "heartfelt condolences" in New Zealand on Friday.

Gargash wrote: "Our collective work against violence and hatred must continue with renewed vigor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims".

The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheiks in the Arabian peninsula, are home to expatriate workers from Australia and New Zealand. The country is a faithful western ally.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attacks on mosques in the city of New Zealand in Christchurch calling it "the last example of an increase in racism and Islamophobia".

Tweeting in English and Turkish on Friday, Erdogan said: "On behalf of my country, I offer my condolences to the Islamic world and to the population of New Zealand, which has been targeted by this deplorable act".

He also wanted a speedy recovery for the wounded.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said 40 people were killed in the attack on two mosques.

Turkey's private television channel NTV has cited officials from the Turkish embassy saying there are no Turkish citizens among the dead.



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