News broke this morning that two mosques in New Zealand had been attacked by a gunman. No person should ever have to fear to attend a sacred place of worship.
According to the New York Times, around 41 people were killed, and around 48 more are in treatment at a hospital. It was a massacre out there.
The country’s prime minister has called the shootings “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”. Condolences have been pouring in from around the world in the wake of the attacks.
For their part, members of the British royal family were quick to issue messages of sympathy. Her Majesty’s was released first, in which she declared: “At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders”.
Read her words in full below:-
“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones”.
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“I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing a continuous support to those who have been injured. At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders”.
About an hour later, Prince Charles released his sympathies.
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“Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. It is beyond all belief that so many should have been killed and injured at their place of worship. Our most special and heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families of those who have lost their lives”.
“This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community. I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, the people of Christchurch and all New Zealanders at this most heartbreaking of times”.
Not long after, Kensington Palace released a joint statement.
“No person should ever have to fear to attend a sacred place of worship. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch”.
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“We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm and open-hearted spirit that is core to its remarkable people. No person should ever have to fear to attend a sacred place of worship”.
“This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship. We know that from this deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion”.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today”.
Kia Kaha. (STAY STRONG)