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‘Islamophobia, Racism’: Multiple Deaths During Mosque Attacks In New Zealand

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Multiple people were shot dead in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch during Friday afternoon prayers.

The police have arrested one suspect but they are still tracing an active shooter. The police have also warned people to avoid all the mosques across the country.

The city is currently in lockdown.

Bangladesh cricket team, which is currently in New Zealand, “just escaped” as the mosque was near to where the team was scheduled to play the final test match of their tour of New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that it was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” and called the attacks “an unprecedented act of violence”.

Speaking about the attacker’s motivation, she said the victims might include refugees and migrants.

“They are us but perpetrator has no place in New Zealand”.

The attacker has live-streamed the whole incident on Facebook.

People have condemned the incident and blamed politicians and media for fanning xenophobia and Islamophobia.

One social media user wrote: “How many more tragedies like Christchurch do we need before we recognise this is the inevitable consequence of Islamophobia, racism, race-baiting, fearmongering & demonising refugees & immigrants by politicians & Murdoch media. This is the human cost, we must learn from it.”

Wrestler Mustafa Ali said that this is the result of “hate propaganda” and urged that this should be stopped.

Another social media user pointed out that the attacker had posted pictures of his weapons days before the attack.

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“Also posted several links to his manifesto – an anti-immigration and anti-Islam screed – an hour before the attack on 8Chan,” he said.

People have also urged news channels and others to not share the live footage of the incident.

“Don’t do it. Don’t share the #Christchurch footage. Don’t even go looking for the footage. Don’t disrespect the dignity of the victims and grief of their loved ones. Don’t give this horrific human, intent on murder and terror and destruction, what he wants. Don’t do it.”

 

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