Indonesia Condemns Terrorist Acts in New Zealand
Local authorities were securing the situation after a terrorist attack in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Indian Express.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia strongly condemned the shooting at Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which occurred on Friday (03/15). President Joko Widodo condemned the actions of the perpetrators while conveying deep sorrow to the victims.

Regardless of who is the culprit, we strongly condemn violence like this. The government and the people of Indonesia convey deep condolences to the victims and their families, “said President Widodo in North Sumatra on Friday (03/15).

Based on reports from the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington, there were two Indonesian citizens who were injured in this terror attack. “The latest information is that there are 2 Indonesian citizens who are victims,” said Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya.

For this incident, President Widodo appealed to Indonesian citizens in New Zealand to increase their vigilance. The Head of State said that he had received a report regarding the incident from Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. Currently, the relevant ranks are still gathering information regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry press release said it would continue to monitor the progress of the situation and had sent a team to Christchurch to coordinate with security authorities, hospitals and the local Indonesian Student Association.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs data, there were 331 Indonesian citizens in Christchurch, including 134 students. Distance Wellington, the capital of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch is estimated to be around 440 km.

Reportedly, terrorists carried out insane acts by carrying out brutal shootings against worshipers of two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch city on Friday. The pilgrims who were carrying out Friday prayers were strafed by assault rifles by a number of people who until now have not been identified in detail. But Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that one of the suspects was an Australian-born citizen.

Meanwhile, The Australian senator also blames the terror attacks on increasing Muslim present. “I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman,” said Australian member of parliament Fraser Anning quoted by Telegraph today.

“However, while this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence,” he added.

Dozens of people were reported dead in the incident. As many as 40 people were known to have died from a barrage of bullets, 20 others were injured. As many as 4 shooters can be arrested, 3 men and 1 woman. Also found were a number of explosive devices attached to their cars.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this was the worst day in his country. He strongly condemned the perpetrators and their motives behind the shooting. The level of threat in New Zealand was changed, from low to high. Police Commissioner Mike Bush called on everyone to avoid all mosques in New Zealand until it provided further information. A number of buildings and public facilities were closed post-shootings.

The attacker broadcasts his actions directly, at least in part from the overall action. The video has been widely circulated on social media even though the local police appealed not to disseminate content containing the violence.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com