18 March 2019

France to hike security at houses of faith amid terror attacks

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France will tighten security at places of worship in the wake of Friday's deadly mosque attacks in New Zealand, said the country’s interior minster. reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"As a precaution, I immediately called on our governors to take the utmost caution and asked them to improve security in places of worship,” Christophe Castaner said late Friday on Twitter.

Castaner also called for solidarity with the people of New Zealand following “the odious terrorist attack in Christchurch” which left at least 49 dead and over 40 injured.

“My first thoughts are with the relatives and families of the victims whose sentiments and sadness we share,” he added.

Separately, Ahmet Ogras, head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, also condemned the attacks, adding: “This vile tragedy once again demonstrates that Islamophobia is an evil that must be fought relentlessly.”

Earlier Friday gunmen opened fire on worshippers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Four suspects -- three men and one woman -- have been detained so far.

2019.03.16 / 13:39
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