By Bassel Barakat
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), tells Muslims to not become afraid and keep on unity and solidarity after New Zealand’s mass shooting Friday.
“Do not be afraid and do not abandon your mosques. Not today. Not ever,” said CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad said during the conference that there is millions of Muslims who attend Friday prayers in more than 3,000 mosques around the United States.
'Mr. Trump, your words matter. Your policies matter.' — The leader of Muslim American organization @CAIRNational says hate speech from world leaders is directly related to Islamophobic attacks like in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/0lbSk0dBIM
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“They have very legitimate fears, and they are being told to be afraid by white supremacists and political leaders who believe in white supremacy,” he said.
At least 49 people were killed after shooting attacks on two New Zealand mosques that left behind scenes of carnage, a booby-trapped car and a sickening live-streamed video.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference that the attack appeared to be a well-planned “terrorist attack”.
Local police officers apprehended four suspects. “There’ve been some absolute acts of bravery,” Bush said without elaborating.
“I won’t assume there aren’t others but I don’t have any information to that effect,” Bush told a press conference.
Today’s shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left dozens dead and injured.