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