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AFP
March 15, 2019

Pope voices solidarity with Muslims after New Zealand attacks

World

AFP
Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Vatican City: Pope Francis assured "all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity," after Friday´s attacks on two mosques which left 49 people dead.

Read More: New Zealand mosque shootings: Australian extremist kills 49 Muslims

The pope was "deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence," Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said in a telegram.

Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city.

In what appeared to be the worst attack against Muslims in a western country, witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children believed to be among those killed.