Presidents, prime ministers, and Muslim leaders offer their support after 49 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings

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World leaders have expressed their disgust, support, and determination in response to the deaths of 49 people in mass shootings in New Zealand on Friday.
Two gunmen entered two mosques in Christchurch at 1:40 p.m. and opened fire with automatic weapons, police said. A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder.
Here’s how the world responded to what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

At least 49 Muslims were killed in two mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.

World leaders like US President Donald Trump, Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan have spoken out to stand by New Zealanders, and reassure Muslims the world over.

Officials in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and India have said their citizens may have been involved in the massacre.

New Zealand police said late on Friday they have arrested a 28-year-old white man and charged him with murder.

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Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan said the attack illustrated a growing hostility toward Islam, “idly” watched by the world.

“With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing,” Erdogan said at the funeral of a former Turkish minister.

“It is clear that the understanding represented by the killer that also targets our country, our people and myself, has started to take over Western societies like a cancer.”

He later tweeted: “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.”

US President Donald Trump said the 49 victims had “senselessly died.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also released the following statement:

“The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May deemed the attack a “sickening act of violence.”

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