Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 15
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Youssef Al-Othaimeen, has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against innocent Muslims praying on Friday at Al Noor and Lindwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Trend reports via citing a statement by OIC.
"This brutal crime had shocked and hurt the feelings of all Muslims around the world, and served as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia. While expecting that the killer would be charged with the severest punishment, Al-Othaimeen urged the New Zealand authorities to hold an immediate and thorough investigation on this vicious attack," reads the message.
Al-Othaimeen also urged the New Zealand Government to provide more protection to the Muslim communities living in the country.
At least 49 people have been killed, and 20 seriously injured, after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15.
New Zealand police say they have arrested three men and one woman. An account believed to belong to one of the attackers featured a link to an 87-page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas.
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