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World

AFP
March 15, 2019

Trump condemns 'horrible' New Zealand mosque attacks

World

AFP
Fri, Mar 15, 2019

Washington: US President Donald Trump condemned as a "horrible massacre" twin mosque attacks in New Zealand that killed at least 49 worshippers and wounded dozens more during Friday prayers.

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!" Trump wrote on Twitter after the Christchurch attacks.

Moments before, his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate."

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.