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SRINAGAR: Political leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly terror act at two mosques in Newzealand on Friday. Forty nine people were killed and at least 20 suffered serious injuries in "terrorist" shootings targeting the mosques during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Police say three men and a woman are in custody in connection with the attacks. The timing of the shootings and the posting on social media of what appeared to be live, point-of-view video footage of the assault by a gunman, added to the distress of many. PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti has said that had a New Zealand like massacre taken place in India, leadership would have politicized it, indulged in war mongering and covertly supported attacks on Muslims.

While praising the Prime Minister of New Zealand for calling it a terror attack, Mehbooba said: Admire how New Zealand PM conducted herself &  addressed the media post #christchurchnz attacks. Clearly stating that there is no place for such terror attacks & that NZ is a home to all the migrant communities regardless of their religion. Respect for such leadership qualities.

In another tweet, she said, We all have a lesson or two to learn from it. Had the same incident happened here, the leadership would have politicised it, indulged in war mongering and covertly supported attacks on muslims. National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah also pointed out that people are calling it a terror attack, what is actually is, not a firing incident.

In a tweet  Omar Abdullah said “Good to see most people are calling the #NewZealandMosqueFiring what it is - a terror attack. #NewZealandTerroristAttack. No words of condemnation are strong enough & no words of sympathy for the families adequate enough. May Allah grant them Jannat. Hurriyat (M) Chairperson and Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed shock over the barbaric terrorist attack in the two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand.

In a tweet Mirwaiz said that humanity has once again become a casualty. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Shocked and Deeply grieved by the barbaric attack at twin mosques in #Christchurch New Zealand. Multiple fatalities feared. Once again Humanity becomes a casualty . Condemnation beyond words. Prayers for the victims. J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir also strongly condemned the terror attack at two mosques in New Zealand, describing the attack as cowardly, mindless and barbaric.

Expressing deep shock over the loss of lives and G.A. Mir conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families. He expressed profound grief over the loss of 40   precious lives in a mindless terror attack, saying that he has no words to express his grief over the loss of lives. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed the New Zealand attacks on rising Islamophobia after 2001's September 11 attacks.

"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," he tweeted. "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles," he added.

Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, strongly condemned shooting as authorities were checking on whether any of its citizens were victims. "The government and the people of Indonesia convey deep condolences to the victims and their families," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a statement. She was earlier cited by media as saying six Indonesians had been inside the mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three still unaccounted for.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, said one Malaysian had been wounded in the attack he described as a "black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace". "I am deeply saddened by this uncivilised act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians," he said in a statement.

"We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the people of New Zealand." Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman condemned what he called a "racist and fascist" attack. "This attack shows the point which hostility to Islam and enmity to Muslims has reached," Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter. "We have seen many times Islamophobic discourse against Islam and Muslims turning into a perverse and murderous ideology. The world must raise its voice against such discourse and must say stop to Islamophobic fascist terrorism," he said.

Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Wahidullah Waissi, said on Twitter three Afghans had been wounded. "My thoughts are with the family of Afghan origin who've been shot and killed at this heinous incident." Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country stood with New Zealand after the tragic attack.

"We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist," Morrison told a press conference. He confirmed media reports that the gunman who mowed down worshippers in the main mosque in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch was an Australian-born citizen, without providing further details. "We are not just allies, we are not just partners, we are family," he said. "It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us," Morrison said of the attacks.

  • Geelani condemns terror attack in Christchurch Mosques

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani strongly condemned the terror attack on the twin mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, wherein 40 people got killed. He termed it a heinous and brutal act not only against the Muslims, but whole humanity and anybody with a human heart will find his words insufficient in condemning this barbaric act. In a statement Hurriyat chairman said that we as a nation sympathize with the family of those who were killed or injured and share their grief from the inner core of our heart.   

  • Congress condemns New Zealand Mosque attackalled as a black day in the history 

JAMMU: JK Member Campaign & Election Management Committee and Vice President JKPCC, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori has expressed disgust and condemned the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques, in New Zealand, which left 49 people dead and several dozen badly injured. Mr. Saroori described the attack as a “black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace.” He called today’s attack as the black day in the history.

“I am deeply saddened by this uncivilized act, which goes against humanistic values and took the lives of civilians,” Saroori said and prayers for the departed souls and for the victims besides this place for them in heaven.

  • KEA condemns deadly New Zealan attack on Muslims

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Economics Alliance Friday condemned the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand city of Christchurch. Forty-nine people were killed and at least 20 suffered serious injuries in the shootings targeting the mosques during Friday prayers. In a statement, KEA Co-Chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar and Vice President Ajaz Shahdhar said that terrorism has no religion. They said the heinous attack illustrated the growing hostility towards Islam "idly" watched by the world.

"With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing," they said and expressed sympathies with the victim families. "This attack shows the point which hostility to Islam and enmity to Muslims has reached," they said and demanded stern punishment for the terrorists involved in the attack.

  • Massacre in New Zealand handiwork of anti-Muslim agencies: Alama Hami

SRINAGAR:   Expressing serious concern, shock and grief over the killing of innocent Muslims in New Zealand, Karwani Islami patron Alama Ghulam Rasool Hami said that the attack on Muslims is the direct outcome of the propaganda being carried out by the national and international media against Muslims. He said a 25-year-old suicide bomber entered into the mosque and blew up himself to kill Muslims in large number stating the move deserves highest form of condemnation.

Addressing a massive gathering at Masjid-e-Shareef Ameer-e-Kabir Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) at Kralpora, Budgam here, Alama Hami said that conspiracies are hatched across the globe against Muslims to create a wedge among the Muslim Ummah on one or the other pretext but Muslims need not to worry as Islam was a religion of peace and truth and falsehood never wins. 

  • At least 49 people were killed in a deadly terrorist attack in Christ Church New Zealand.

SRINAGAR: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 49 people have died in the Christchurch shootings. Ten were killed at Linwood and 39 at the Deans Ave mosque near Hagley Park. A further 27 people were injured. Ardern said it was an "unprecedented" situation and described it as a terrorist attack. Those in custody had not been on any watch list: "It's not a matter of someone having slipped under the radar." She said it was obvious the attacks had been planned for some time.

The National Security Threat Level had been lifted from low to high. The Defence Force was transporting more police to Christchurch. Ardern said New Zealand was a place of safety where they raise their families. "Those values will not and cannot be shaken," she said. "This is a place where people should feel secure."

Gunmen opened fire at mosques in Christchurch earlier today. Four people are in custody - three men and one woman. The Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "there have been some absolute acts of bravery" in the arrests of the four attackers. A number of IEDs that were attached to vehicles in Christchurch have been defused by the Defence Force.

Bush said there were multiple casualties - a "significant" amount. "This is absolutely tragic. So many people are affected." "We don't have the identities of those who have died yet because those places are in lockdown." He said he would not assume there aren't other attackers. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed one of the gunmen was an Australian citizen living in New Zealand.

Morrison said he was "shocked, appalled and outraged," at the attack. "We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right wing, violent terrorist. "[He] has taken the lives," he said, before correcting to: "they have stolen the lives in a vicious, murderous attack that has claimed so many New Zealanders.

Morrison said the attack reminds us about the evil that is ever present and would seek to "strike us out at any time." The lock down of schools throughout Christchurch was lifted at 5.50pm. When asked if it was true that a person had been arrested wearing wired explosives, Bush said that person had been made safe. "We're still working through that but we believe there was a claim but that person has been made safe."

Bush said he was aware that footage of the Al Noor Mosque shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed. "It shouldn't be in the public domain." Facebook Australia-New Zealand policy director Mia Garlick said the videos have been taken down. "New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video."

He said police did not have conclusive information about the motivation behind the shootings. He would not call it a terrorist attack but said it did not get any more serious in this country. "We are currently dealing with an unprecedented situation in New Zealand. It's very grave, it's very serious." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

A body has been seen lying near Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and a second gunman has been seen near Linwood Masjid mosque. One of the gunmen broadcast live as he shot victims. One of the gunmen is believed to be an Australian who has written a manifesto declaring his intentions. In it, he says "it is a terrorist attack."

Ardern described the event as "extreme and unprecedented violence". She will be flying to Wellington where she will speak with agents as soon as she lands. "I'm not currently in a position to confirm the number of deaths or injuries," Ardern said. "This is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days." Ardern looked to be struggling to keep her emotions in check as she spoke.

He said they were also setting up a facility so that people could get phone in and get more information about their loved ones as a priority. Bush said Defence Force aircrafts in Wellington were ready to fly more resources into the area. "I want to assure the public we are doing everything we can to make sure there is no more harm to their communities."

There was no indication there were other shooters at large. The multiple fatalities were at two locations - a mosque at Deans Ave and one at Linwood Ave. St John said there have been multiple fatalities. A number of helicopter and road ambulances are on standby to provide support, including transporting patients to other ICUs around the country.

St John has deployed resources from throughout the country to provide cover for the next few days. A Christchurch Star reporter saw a dead body lying close at Palazzo Lane near Al Noor Mosque. The body has been covered with clothing. A witness has seen a child lying in the middle of Deans Ave and another man has told the Herald his relative was shot inside the mosque. It is understood the shooting at the mosque lasted six minutes and that the shooter may have returned to his car to retrieve more ammunition before opening fire again.

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