Written by Staff Writer
15 Mar, 2019 | 7:28 pm
Earlier today, a massive blow was dealt with the peace-loving communities of our world. A mass shooting which took place at 2 mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, which claimed the lives of more than 49 innocent civilians.
What is even more disturbing is the fact that the gunman had live streamed the attack he carried out, on Facebook, for over 17 minutes.
World leaders and Sri Lankans took to social media to condemn this heinous crime and have offered to stand by New Zealand during this dark period.
Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera took to Twitter to offer their condolences. Among other world leaders, Her Majesty the Queen of England, U.S President Donald Trump and Pakistan PM Imran Khan expressed their shared grief over this terrorist attack.
In the wake of the heinous attacks in Christchurch, I offer my condolences and support to New Zealand. It is a country with a strong history of peace, multiculturalism, and tolerance, and I have no doubt that its people will not allow this incident to undermine those values.
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) March 15, 2019
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the unprecedented violent attacks on mosques in #christchurch #NewZealand. I would like to express my condolences to the families that lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand.
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) March 15, 2019
I wish to express my deep sorrow & shock at the terrible events in #Christchurch. My heartfelt condolences to the families & friends of all the victims of this senseless act of violence. @jacindaardern @winstonpeters @NZinIndia #lka
— Mangala Samaraweera (@MangalaLK) March 15, 2019
…I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.
At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.
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— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 15, 2019
Shocked and strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 15, 2019
Prime Minister of New Zealand expressing his views regarding the incident had this to say,
“What I can say is that it is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand. There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was.”
Another fact which caught the attention of the masses is the fact that the Bangladesh Cricket Team who is on a tour in New Zealand, had arrived at Christchurch’s Masjid al Noor mosque a short while after the shooting was carried out.
Subsequently, it was decided to abandon the rest of the matches between New Zealand and Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh cricket team was also in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe and unhurt, a team coach told media. A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are currently in New Zealand, tweeted that the team had “escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters”.
This mass shooting is considered the most fatal shooting to have occurred in New Zealand, after the year 1990.
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