Pope Francis, Pope of the Vatican, has commented on the New Zealand attack that killed dozens of people and injured on Friday.
The Pope stressed his solidarity with all New Zealanders, especially Muslims, after the two attacks on worshipers in Christ Church, according to vaticannews.
“The Pope is deeply saddened to learn of the injuries and loss of life caused by the senseless violence,” Vatican Foreign Minister Pietro Barrolin said in a telegram.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardenne said on Friday that 40 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured in a shootout in two churches in Christchurch.
He confirmed Ardenne, that “the police arrested four them extremist views, but they were not on any list of watch lists,” adding that it “decided to raise the security threat to the highest level,” according to the agency “Reuters”.
New Zealand police have ordered all mosques in the country to close until further notice. Police said on its official website: “At this stage we can not comment on the possible motives of the attackers or the reasons for having abused, but we have asked all mosques in the country to close its doors and recommended worshipers to refrain from frequenting mosques now.”
Source: News Agencies