Canada PM Justin Trudeau grieves losses of lives in Christchurch mosques attack
Ottawa, Mar 16 (IBNS): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has grieved the losses of lives in the Christchurch mosques attack, which killed 49 people.
Issuing a statement, Trudeau said: "Canadians across the country were appalled to wake up to news of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed and injured so many people, including children.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this senseless tragedy. To the people of New Zealand and to Muslim communities around the world: you are in our hearts and minds. We join in your grief and stand with you at this incredibly difficult time.
“Far too often, Muslims suffer unimaginable loss and pain in the places where they should feel safest. Canada remembers too well the sorrow we felt when a senseless attack on the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Ste-Foy claimed the lives of many innocent people gathered in prayer."
He said: "Canada condemns this attack, and will continue to work closely with New Zealand, our close partner and friend, and others to take action against violent extremism. Hate has no place anywhere. We must all confront Islamophobia and work to create a world in which all people—no matter their faith, where they live, or where they were born—can feel safe and secure.”
The attack took place at two mosques in Christchurch city of New Zealand.
Over 40 people were treated for injuries.
The main suspect has been identified as an Australian citizen. He has been charged and remanded in custody to appear in the High Court on Apr 5.
Three others have been arrested in connection with the incident so far.