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PoliticsWhite House condemns 'vicious act of hate' in New Zealand mosque attacks

14:00  15 march  2019
14:00  15 march  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media New Zealand police deployed armed officers in central Christchurch on Friday after reports that several shots had been fired, police said, and witnesses at a mosque told media of several casualties. People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said. Police officials did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties. Media said shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building.

New Zealand : New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark stated "It's the sort of thing the worst movie Arroyo also ordered the Philippine consulate in New York to search and confirm Filipino casualties of Pakistan: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf condemned the attacks .

President Trump called the two New Zealand mosque shootings a "horrible massacre" while the White House called it a " vicious act of hate ." She tweeted that her department “stands with our friends in New Zealand and will provide any assistance they need.” “There is no specific or credible threat to

White House condemns 'vicious act of hate' in New Zealand mosque attacks © MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Flowers are placed on the front steps of the Wellington Masjid mosque in Kilbirnie in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident at two mosques in Christchurch. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House on Friday condemned the mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left at least 49 people dead.

"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday morning.

She continued, "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate."

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Ardern says royal commission will investigate mosque attacks.
New Zealand's prime minister has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country's highest form of investigation, a royal commission of inquiry, was appropriate for "matters of the gravest public importance." Her Cabinet had previously agreed on holding an inquiry, but had not decided what kind of investigation would be held. She said the Cabinet agreed Monday a royal commission of inquiry "will look at what could have or should have been done to prevent the attack.

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