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49 killed in terror attack on NZ mosques

49 killed in terror attack on NZ mosques

QNA/AFP
Doha/ Christchurch
The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Friday sent a cable of condolences to Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy, expressing his strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack which took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.
In the cable, the Amir stressed Qatar’s firm stance rejecting terrorism and extremism, regardless of motives and reasons. The Amir offered condolences for the innocent victims, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.
In a statement on Friday, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned in strongest terms the terrorist attack on mosques.
The statement stressed that Qatar totally rejects targeting of places of worship and terrorising peaceful people.
At least 49 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a gunman opened indiscriminate fire at worshippers.
The mosques targeted in Friday’s attack, the worst mass shooting in the country’s history, were the Masjid Al Noor in central Christchurch and another place of worship in the suburb of Linwood. Women and children were among those killed.
A 28-year-old Australian man, who police did not identify, was charged with murder. He is set to appear in court on Saturday. Two other men and one woman were arrested in connection with the attack, two of whom remain in custody.
Two improvised explosive devices were found in a car and neutralised by the military, police said.

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