Azhar: New Zealand shootings one result of hate speech, Islamophoia
Friday، 15 March 2019 - 12:01 PM
Al Azhar condemned the horrific terror attack that targeted two mosques in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch during Friday prayers, leaving scores dead and wounded.
In a statement, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb said the attack constitutes a serious indicator of the disastrous results that may emerge from an upsurge in hate speech, xenophopia and the spread of Islamophobia in several European countries.
The world's leading Muslim Sunni institution expressed its deep condolences to the victims’ families, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
One of the attackers taken into custody was an Australian-born citizen, according to New Zealand police.
One shooting occurred at Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in the city's center at about 1:45pm (local time) during Friday prayers.
The second occurred at a mosque in the nearby suburb of Linwood.