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Iraq, Kurdistan 'condemn' attacks on mosques in New Zealand

By Rudaw 15/3/2019
Flowers are placed on the front steps of the Wellington Masjid mosque in Kilbirnie in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident at two mosques in Christchurch. Photo: Marty Melville | AFP
Flowers are placed on the front steps of the Wellington Masjid mosque in Kilbirnie in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident at two mosques in Christchurch. Photo: Marty Melville | AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraq's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned "terror in all forms" while saying that Baghdad believes three Iraqis were among the 48 injured at two mosque on Friday in New Zealand.

 

"[We have] information that there are three injured Iraqis and we will follow up on the content of your tweet and thank you for following up," Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim tweeted

He was replying to an inquiry about whether any Iraqis were killed or injured when gunmen attacked worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand.


"We condemn on behalf of the Iraq Foreign [Ministry] the terrorist act in New Zealand that killed 49 innocent Muslim worshippers and the injury of others ... I had a phone call with the New Zealand Ambassador in Baghdad and expressed Iraq's support and standing by their side against terror in all forms," Hakim added.

The premier of Iraq encouraged the international community to respond strongly in light of "terrorism and extremism."

 

"We intensely condemn the terrorist attack which targeted Muslims in New Zealand while they were performing Friday Prayer. We call on the international community to gather and respond strongly to terrorism and extremism in all its forms which target all humanity," Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi tweeted on Friday.

The Iraqi PM encouraged international community to "unite in order to confront its threat in everywhere."


The chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board has said the injured range from young children to adults. They are being treated at Christchurch Hospital, according to AP.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the attacks. One has been charged with murder.

“The KRG very strongly condemns the terrorist and brutal attacks launched on two mosques in New Zealand today,” KRG spokesperson Safeen Dizayee said in a statement. 

New Zealand Prime Minister has also described the shootings as an apparent and well-planned "terrorist attack."

“The KRG extends condolences to families of the victims, the people and government of New Zealand,” Dizayee added.

World leaders including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have also condemned the events.

Update: 9:46 a.m., March 16, 2019

Comments

 
Carlos | 15/3/2019
Most significantly, in his message, Trump did not mentione the victims, he did not express any regret for the dead and did not utter any word of condolences to their families. Likely the perpetrators were inspired by Trump's own hatred towards immigrants.
Story | 15/3/2019
The attacker is an Australian, and his country has the most anti-humanitarian record in how they mistreat inmigrants. The Australian anti-inmigration laws are terribly cruel and openly racist. So the attacker has done what his government wanted him to do. The story of humanity is the story of continuos migration,however.
Sam | 16/3/2019
KRG condemns . Hahahaha. Why don’t people accept what they are instead of acting another role.
Ban Crusade | 18/3/2019
Muslims are the target and Muslims suffered this attack more than anyone both sunnis and shia have suffered unfortunately
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