Former US President Barack Obama extended his condolences to the people of New Zealand following a shooting in two mosques in Christchurch.
“Michelle and I extend our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We are crying with you and the Muslim community. We must all oppose hatred in all its forms, “tweeted Barack Obama.
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2019
The shooting in Christchurch took place as hundreds of people were praying in one of the mosques, and an eyewitness said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and a few minutes later he heard dozens of shots.
“I saw dead everywhere,” said the witness.
Four people were arrested according to the police. One of them, in her thirties, has been charged with murder. He appeared in court in Christchurch on Saturday. Originally from Australia, he was allegedly motivated by white supremacy and extremism in the United States to commit these murders.
On Friday, Donald Trump also extended his condolences to the families of the victims.
“My deepest condolences and best wishes to the people of New Zealand after the horrific massacre at the mosques. New Zealand can count on the support of the United States. God bless you ! “
On Friday morning, Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, also issued a statement condemning the attack.
“Our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. We join the people of New Zealand and the government in saying no to the vicious act of hatred. “