In a most deadly terrorist attack in the history of New Zealand, at least 49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured in Christchurch on Friday.
The shooting was carried out by an Australian national named Brenton Tarrant, 28. He was against immigration and had planned the attack very carefully. He also had a 74-page manifesto where he called India, Turkey and China as possible enemies from the east.
The manifesto stated that “the invaders must be removed from European soil, regardless from where they came or when they came. Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other. If they are not of our people, they must be removed.”
The shooting took place at the Al Noor Mosque. Even a few players from the Bangladeshi cricket team were at the mosque offering the afternoon prayers.
Meanwhile, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and said, “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. It was an unprecedented act of violence.”
Eight-division world champion and current WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and former two-division world champion Amir Khan also expressed their condolences.
Thoughts and prayers for the people of Christchurch, NZ during this awful tragedy.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) March 15, 2019
“Thoughts and prayers for the people of Christchurch, NZ during this awful tragedy.” Pacquiao wrote.
Heartbroken by the devastating news of deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.
My heart goes out to the families of the murdered and all those impacted by this act of terror. Islamophobia kills – and has no place anywhere in the world.
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) March 15, 2019
‘My heart goes out to the families of the murdered and all those impacted by this act of terror. Islamophobia kills – and has no place anywhere in the world.‘ Amir Khan wrote.