On the 15th, local time, at least two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, had been shot and killed at least 49 people. After the incident, many leaders condemned the attack and expressed condolences to the victims.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the New Zealand shooting incident was a terrorist attack. He wrote on the social media “Twitter”: “I condemn this cruel, extreme and far-right terrorist attack, which has led to the death of a large number of innocent New Zealanders.” He said that Australia and New Zealand are breeding extremism and terror. The hatred of violent violence will not be tolerated, and Australia will mourn for the victims in the lower half of the flag.
The New Zealand police then found two abandoned backpacks at the Britomart Central Station in Auckland. The police then organized an explosion and alerted some areas of the train station.
After the shooting, the authorities have asked residents in the city center to stay indoors, do not go to the mosque, and report suspicious behavior immediately. New Zealand police said that all the mosques in the country were required to close.
After the shooting, New Zealand police said they had arrested four people, including three men and one woman, one of whom was confirmed to be a citizen born in Australia. Aden said that these suspects are not on the relevant security or terrorist watch list. In addition, explosive devices were found on several cars in Christchurch.
After the incident, many countries sent calls.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of condolences to New Zealand Prime Minister Aden for the shooting of Christchurch. The message said: “This attack against civilians is cruel and shocking. I hope that all the people involved will be punished as they should.”
British Prime Minister Teresa May said: “On behalf of the British people, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand who have experienced terrorist attacks. I will be with the victims of this violent incident.”
Turkish President Erdogan condemned the attack and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed “shock” at the terrorist attack on the Christchurch Mosque, strongly condemned the incident and extended condolences to the victims and their families.
Aden issued a national speech after the shooting, confirming that the shooting incident in Christchurch has caused many deaths, calling it “one of the darkest days in New Zealand.” In addition, Aden also said that New Zealand has raised the national security threat level to the highest level.