"Terrorist attack" on mosques apparently livestreamed by gunman in Christchurch

In fact, right now, I'm sure New Zealand would like me to share a message on their behalf too.

There is no official confirmation on the number of people killed in the Christchurch shooting, but the local media reports that at least six people have died.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced increased police presence at mosques around the state, "as a precaution".

The Bangladesh cricket team was on the way to the mosque on Friday afternoon for prayers when the shooting began.

The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, was immediately dubbed terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as she guided a shocked nation on one of its "darkest days". Awad said those who incite violence want Muslims to be fearful, but he is confident that authorities are doing all they can to protect mosques.

Ms Sturgeon wrote: "This is beyond terrible".

"My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the awful massacre in the Mosques".

Much of the blame for what happened today lies with the mainstream politicians who allow such rhetoric to continue unchallenged, and who pander to an Islamophobic media that despises Muslims and expressions of Muslimness.

"They are a valued part of our diverse and multicultural society. We must stand against Islamaphobia and all hate".

Mia Garlick, a spokeswoman for Facebook New Zealand, said the company pulled videos of the Christchurch shootings following a police request.

He also said he will plead not guilty if he survives and goes to trial.

In a later tweet, she clarified her statement was meant for the National Rifle Association, for whom she said "thoughts and prayers" is a "phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies". They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.

They say one person has been taken into custody.

Holyrood's Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh, indicated that the parliament would be flying flags at half-mast following the attacks as a mark of respect.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley tweeted her condolences to everyone affected by the attacks: "There is hate in the world but never forget that love is stronger". The group said everyone was welcome. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is increasing police presence at mosques around the city, even though "there is no specific or credible threat at this time". But as we condemn the horrific terrorist act in New Zealand, we also must commit ourselves to fighting hatred wherever we find it. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.

Image copyright Shetland Islands Council Image caption The Shetland flag is flying at half mast above Lerwick's town hall.

In clear Islamophobic terms, and right before referencing the Bible, Anning said: "Just because the followers of this savage belief [Islam] were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless".

He added that Islamophobic terrorist attacks are not new and in the United Kingdom, in the last two months alone, two mosques in Newcastle and Manchester have been attacked by vandals who spray-painted Nazi swastika symbol.

"These mindless, evil attacks in places of worship is a reminder of the need for vigilance against hatred wherever it occurs".

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