“It’ the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia.”
These are the strong words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he strongly condemned the mass shooting that took place in two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.
“I strongly condemn the terror attack against the Al Noor Mosque in New Zealand and Muslim worshippers,” Erdogan said on Twitter.
“On behalf of my country, I offer my condolences to the Islamic world and the people of New Zealand, who have been targeted by this deplorable act – the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia,” he added.
Erdogan wished God’s mercy upon the victims of the mass shooting and a speedy recovery to the injured.
Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, also slammed the mass shooting targeting two mosques, saying politicians and media that fuel the Islamophobia and hate in the West are also responsible for it.
“I condemn the barbaric terrorist attacks perpetrated against two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand,” Cavusoglu said via his Twitter account on Friday.
“Not only the perpetrators but also politicians and media, that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West, are equally responsible for this heinous attack,” he went on.
Cavusoglu also wished God’s mercy to those who lost their lives and speedy recovery to the wounded.
Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the attack targeting New Zealand mosques in a statement, saying: “We condemn these heinous attacks. We express our condolences to the relatives of people who lost their lives and the people of New Zealand.”
“Turkey believes that New Zealand will carry out an effective investigation into attacks, understood to be motived by Islamophobia, and bring perpetrators to justice as soon as possible,” the statement further said.
At least one gunman killed 49 people and injured more than 20 at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, Reuters reported on Friday.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the attack, which took place during Friday prayers, as terrorism.
Ardern added New Zealand was placed on its highest security threat level with four people in police custody, three men and one woman, held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists.