Somalia ‘deeply saddened’ by New Zealand attack which killed 49
MOGADISHU, Somalia –Somalia has deeply saddened deadly terror shooting in New Zealand, leaving 49 people dead, while 40 othes injured some seriously after an attack on mosques in in Christchurch.
The mosques targeted in Friday’s attack, the worst mass shooting in the country’s history, were the Masjid Al Noor in central Christchurch and another place of worship in the suburb of Linwood. Women and children were among those killed, according to Al Jazeera.
A gunman – dressed in black with a helmet carrying a machine gun – came into the back of the mosque and started firing into the people praying there, witnesses said.
The country’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed expressed his disgust at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.
Mohamed called the attack as’ horrific Islamaphobic’ on his Twitter, saying he was standing in solidarity with New Zealand over Friday’s ordeal.
He called to unite to defeat the evil of terror in all its forms.
Mr. Mohamed sent his heartfelt condolences to families and friends, who lost their loved one in the dreadful shooting.
He also wished the wounded for swift recovery.
At least 3 Somali nationals were reportedly among the victims.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the assault on the mosques appeared to be a well-planned “terrorist attack”.
A Somali political opposition leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame also strongly condemned the Christchurch attack, saying it was horrific and brutal terrorism attack against peaceful worshipers.
He said “This racist and fascist assault in a safe country like New Zealand shows that the point of anti-Islam and Muslim hostility.
He has, however, wished God’s mercy for those who died in the attack in New Zealand.
With Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia