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BNP denounces New Zealand terror attacks

  • Published at 10:35 pm March 15th, 2019
WEB- New Zealand
Armed police following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019 REUTERS

49 people have been killed and more than 20 were seriously wounded

BNP voiced deep concern over the terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, where the Bangladesh cricket team also went to play against New Zealand.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said: "We are deeply worried by such attacks. We strongly condemn it and express our deep shock for the loss of lives and injuries in the attacks."

He said this speaking at a press conference at the party's Naya Paltan central office on Friday.

The BNP leader also thanked the Almighty as the Bangladeshi cricketers managed to narrowly escape the terror attack, while heading to one of the mosques in Christchurch.

"We have come to know Bangladeshi cricketers narrowly escaped the terror attack in Christchurch. We thank almighty Allah for it," he said.

He also wished the safe return of Bangladeshi cricketers to the country.

BNP Secretary General, Mirza Fakhrul Islam, also denounced the terror attacks.

In a statement, he demanded that New Zealand authorities immediately identify the attackers and bring them to justice.

Fakhrul also hoped that local security forces will ensure maximum security for the Bangladeshi cricketers.

He expressed deep shock over the loss of lives and prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of the victims.

The BNP leader also wished early recovery for those injured in the attacks.

The New Zealand government said 49 people have been killed and more than 20   were seriously wounded in shootings at the two mosques. Four suspects, including a woman, have been detained.

The Bangladesh cricket team, currently in Christchurch to play against New Zealand, narrowly escaped the attack. The third and final Test between the Tigers and the Kiwis has been called off.

Bangladesh Honorary Consul, Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan, told UNB that three Bangladeshis are among those killed in the Christchurch terror attack at the two mosques, while several others were injured.

He also said they are taking necessary steps to send cricketers back home as early as possible.