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UN chief: Stand united against anti-Muslim hatred

  • Published at 01:21 pm March 16th, 2019
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File photo of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres AFP

The terrorist attack in New Zealand's Christchurch left at least 49 dead, including three Bangladeshis

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to "stand united against anti-Muslim hatred" following the terror attack in New Zealand targeting two mosques.

The terrorist attack left at least 49 dead, including three Bangladeshis, and many others wounded, some critically on Friday.

"I'm saddened and strongly condemn the shooting of innocent people as they prayed peacefully in mosques in New Zealand," tweeted the UN chief, expressing his "deepest condolences to the victims' families."

"Today and every day, we must stand united against anti-Muslim hatred, and all forms of bigotry and terror," he stressed.

A terrorist, who police have described as being in his late 20s, was arrested and charged with murder.

According to news reports, he live-streamed himself via a head-mounted camera, firing at worshippers inside the Al Noor mosque in the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch.

The second attack was carried out at the city's Linwood Mosque.

According to news reports, police have asked the public not to share the "extremely distressing" footage posted by the gunman online.

Meanwhile, Facebook has taken down the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts, which contained racist and anti-immigrant views.

Two other men and one woman were also detained in connection with the terror attacks.

Other senior UN officials took to Twitter to express their condolences and horror at the attacks in New Zealand on Friday.

Antonio Vitorino, director general of the International Organization for Migration, extended his "sincere condolences" to victims' families and expressed his deep sorrow over "the terrible loss of life," pointing out: "It is believed that among the dead and injured were many refugees and migrants."

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi tweeted a picture of the New Zealand flag with a message saying United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stands "firmly with the people and government of New Zealand "in mourning, prayer and solidarity."

"We grieve with children facing the profound shock that a parent is never coming home," tweeted Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund Henrietta Fore saying "our hearts break with news," she called the aggression "a senseless attack on a peaceful community and the universal right to freedom of worship."