At Least 40 Slain in Coordinated Attacks on New Zealand Mosques

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JAKARTA, March 15 - Political and religious leaders around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, with some blaming politicians and the media for having stoked hatred of Muslims that led to the attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May in a tweet said: "deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand after the horrifying terrorist attack in Christchurch". "The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the four people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

The gunman said he was not a member of any organization, acted alone and chose New Zealand to show that even the most remote parts of the world are not free of "mass immigration".

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the terrible massacre in the Mosques", he tweeted. "As you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource we have available".

"It is clear that the understanding represented by the killer that also targets our country, our people and myself, has started to take over Western societies like a cancer", Erdogan said.

The Pittsburgh synagogue attack prompted an outpouring of interfaith solidarity between Muslims and Jews at the time, with the SAJBD statement - one of several from Jewish organisations so far - showing that the Queensland mosque attack has inspired the same.

Three men and one woman were in custody and one man had been charged with murder.

Kia kaha (stay strong).
"New Zealand, like Australia, is home to people from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds".

Muslims have been visiting other groups and organisations across Ipswich to improve their understanding of different religions and have encouraged others to visit the mosque to ask any questions they have about Islam. "Prayers go to the victims and their families".

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A total of 48 patients, including young children with gunshot wounds, have been admitted to Christchurch hospital for treatment.

"When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized due to their faith, when people's fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly as we have seen so sadly today", he said.

"We are standing together with our Muslim communities and all those shocked and horrified by this terrorist attack in New Zealand".

Manager Khaled Mashud said the team saw "bloodied people coming out of the mosque. we kept our heads down in the bus in case of any firing".

Mass shootings in New Zealand are exceedingly rare.

In Iran, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi condemned the attack and urged New Zealand authorities to bring to justice those who carried out the "racist, inhumane and barbaric" attacks.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy".

In her message to the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, the Queen said her prayers were with all New Zealanders.

A spokesperson for the Muslim Community Center here in Indy told FOX59 he's been sick over the news.

"It's obviously very sad".

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