Christchurch terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies, and expressed India’s solidarity with the people of New Zealand at this difficult time.
In a letter to Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, Modi also stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence, the External Affairs Ministry said in an official release.
At least 49 worshippers were killed in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city’s suburb, seen as one of the worst attacks on Muslims in that country.
Observing that according to unofficial reports nine Indians are missing since the attack, a source said that due to certain processes involved, official confirmation about Indian casualties may take a while to come in.
In his letter, Modi offered heartfelt prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured and underscored India’s solidarity with the ‘friendly people of New Zealand at this difficult time’.
Prime Minister has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch, the release said.
“The prime minister stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. He stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies,” it added.
Modi also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families in the dastardly attack.