At least 49 dead and several others were wounded in terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The two targets were the Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch, and a mosque in suburban Linwood.
The armed man entered into Masjid al Noor and opened indiscriminate fire at the people and killed 49 worshippers.
The second incident of firing occurred in a mosque in suburban Linwood where 10 people have been killed.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a news conference confirmed that 40 people have been killed in an attack. He said 20 people were in a serious condition after the “terrorist” attack.
“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying it marked “one of New Zealands darkest days”.
She said the attack appears to be have been well planned
“Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed, she added.
She said four suspects, including an Australian citizen and a woman, had been detained.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemning the attack blamed these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam and Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim.
“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 and 1.3 billion 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,” PM Imran added.