Extremist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and 40 people have been shot dead. The incident took place during Friday afternoon when the people were offering Jum’ah Prayer. The attacker was sharing all his activity’s video live with other people on social media.
According to the sources, the terrorist attacked two mosques on different locations in the Christchurch area. In the attack on Al Noor mosque at Dean’s Road, 30 people were martyred and in the Linwood Islamic Centre, Linwood Avenue, 10 people were martyred. The injured were moved to the nearby hospital.
Police have locked down the entire area and directed the people to stay indoors. The mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel stated that it is a bolt from the blue for the people and it could not be expected for a country like New Zealand.
Bangladesh Cricket team was about to enter the mosque when the incident took place. They had a narrow escape and remained unhurt. Bangladesh Cricket team had to play the Final Test with New Zealand team in Christchurch on Saturday. However, the team canceled the match and the tour immediately.
The police took four suspects into custody – three of them are men and one is a woman. One suspect is Australian-born. But the police are avoiding issuing further details of the suspects.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and called it a terrorist attack. Ardern also stated that the day will be considered the “Darkest Day” in New Zealand’s history.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attacks on the mosques in Christchurch in his tweet today. He stated that the attacks on the mosques have been done deliberately to weaken the political struggles of the Muslims across the world. He further tweets that these attacks may be a part of the post 9/11 Islamophobia against the 1.3 billion Muslims.
Pakistan Embassy in New Zealand is continuously in contact with the local administration. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a focal point in this context. If anyone from Pakistan wants to know about his family members in New Zealand, he can contact the following person on the below-given number.
Syed Moazzam Shah, (Minister Political)
Pakistan High Commission in New Zealand
Cell # 0064 21 779 495