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Islamic world reacts

March 16, 2019 3:01 pm

Political and Islamic leaders across Asia expressed their disgust at the deadly shooting in New Zealand as some revealed their citizens had been caught up in the bloodshed.

The incident added to the distress of many.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister says they strongly condemn this shooting act, especially at a place of worship while a Friday prayer was ongoing.

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She was earlier cited by media as saying six Indonesians had been inside the mosque when the attack occurred, with three managing to escape and three unaccounted for.

In Muslim-majority Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the biggest party in its ruling coalition, says one Malaysian had been wounded in the attack he described as a “black tragedy facing humanity and universal peace”.

The Turkish President’s spokesperson condemned what he called a “racist and fascist” attack.

Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter this attack shows the point which hostility to Islam and enmity to Muslims has reached.

The founder of India’s All India Muslim Personal Board, a non-government body of scholars, Kamal Faruqui, says the attack is “highly condemnable”.

He told Reuters an anti-Muslim virus is spreading across the world.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal condemned the incident on social media, using the hashtag #pakistanagainstterror.

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