PM Lee Hsien Loong ‘deeply shocked’ by ‘horrific terrorist attacks’ on Christchurch mosques

Police push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Reuters)
Police push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Reuters)

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (15 March) that he was “deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch”.

In a post on his Facebook page, Lee said that even though New Zealand is far away from the turbulence in the Middle East and the terrorists groups in Southeast Asia, it still experienced the attack.

“It is a sombre reminder that terrorism remains a serious threat across the world, and that Singapore must be constantly vigilant and prepared. This heinous act is an attempt to spread fear and hatred, and create divisions within societies,” Lee said.

Lee added that he is writing to New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to express his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

“Singapore stands in solidarity with the people of New Zealand to strongly condemn such vicious acts of terror.”

The attacks on the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid have left at least 49 people dead, said New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush at a news conference.

Lee also advised Singaporeans in Christchurch to stay safe and keep their families informed of their whereabouts.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a statement to strongly condemn the terrorist attacks at the mosques in Christchurch. Singapore extends its deepest condolences to the victims and bereaved families, and wish the injured a speedy recovery, the MFA statement said.

The MFA and the Singapore High Commission in Wellington have reached out to all Singaporeans who are e-registered in Christchurch. Thus far, there are no Singaporeans injured in the shooting incidents. The authorities are providing assistance to some Singaporeans who have contacted MFA because their family members are in Christchurch.

The Singapore High Commission will continue to monitor the situation.

Singaporeans who need consular assistance can contact the following:

Singapore High Commission in Wellington
Tel: +64-4-470-0850
Emergency contact: +64-21-280-3161

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