World leaders on Friday reacted with grief and shock after deadly shootings in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch left 50 people dead. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released a statement expressing his shock, and called upon “all people on this holy day for Muslims to show signs of solidarity with the bereaved Islamic community.” Guterres urged people everywhere to work with one another to “counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism.” In a statement on Twitter, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was deeply saddened by the attacks and that she condemned racist hatred and acts of terrorism. Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, also spoke for the German government, calling the attack on people solely because of their religion “an attack on all of us” and by urging New Zealand to stay strong. Christchurch grieves right-wing terror attack ‘There was blood everywhere’ A witness said “there was blood everywhere,” after a right-wing terror attack on two New Zealand mosques killed 50 on Friday. Another witness saw a man in black enter the Al Noor mosque during prayers in Christchurch and heard dozens of shots before fleeing, adding that he saw several dead on the scene. As of Friday afternoon 48 people, including children, were being… Read full this story
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